A biochemist has launched a study that will probe the potential health benefits of muchophagy, the clinical term for picking one’s nose and eating the dried mucus that comes out. Eating boogers – yes or no?
According to NaturalNews, “Scott Napper, of the University of Saskatchewan, wants to study whether consuming mucous — or, more bluntly, eating your boogers – can help train the body’s immune system by exposing it to the germs the mucous contains. It’s an old theory, but he hopes a tactic he devised to administer the study will provide new revelations. ”
A 2008 study on nose picking found that 4.5 percent of 200 students surveyed “ate the nasal debris.”
Little research on the health benefits of eating boogers has been done, though the Guardian, cites a 1966 study by S. Tarachow titled “Coprophagia and Allied Phenomena,” and reports “persons do eat nasal debris, and find it tasty, too.”