Surprise, surprise, the glower, cringe or uncomfortableness on your face when seeing someone eat mucus out of their nose might actually be doing their health some good. Call it ‘unhygienic’ or a very nasty habit, one scientist adds that consuming the green gunk up your nostrils might be good for us. In case you haven’t tasted it, it somewhat tastes ‘sweet’ according to the scientist who credits the sweetness of the ‘mucus’ to be edible. So, the next time we see our kid plucking the junk of hideousness from their nose and shoving it into their throat, we might want to take a step back before we say ‘stop’.
According to the Huffington Post, biochemist Professor Scott Napper, from the University of Saskatchewan concludes that bogeys taste sweet so that people are encouraged to eat the by-product of the human body. “I’ve got two beautiful daughters and they spend an amazing amount of time with their fingers up their nose,” he told CBC. “From an evolutionary perspective, we evolved under very dirty conditions and maybe this desire to keep our environment and our behaviours sterile isn’t actually working to our advantage.”
Dr. Meg Lemon, a US dermatologist specialising in allergies and autoimmune disorders, also added her own theory substantiating to Professor Napper’s hypothesis that bogeys are healthy. Talking to the New York Times this month, she said, “You should not only pick your nose, you should eat it. Our immune system needs a job, we evolved over millions of years to have our immune systems under constant assault. Now they don’t have anything to do.”
Well, does that explain the nasty habit of eating bogeys because it is innately made to be eaten? You be the judge!