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Mom Was Right: Eating Your Boogers Can Have Serious Health Risks

By Mark Pygas

According to one study, 91% of adults admitted to picking their nose regularly. So chances are, you were digging for green gold while you were reading that last sentence. But some people don't stop there. After they've had a good rummage around their nose, they'll have a little slimy snack. But as it turns out, eating your boogers could be bad for your health. 

Business Insider reports that while a booger is mostly water and gel-like proteins, it's what your boogers are designed to prevent that could make snacking on one a bad idea. Boogers are in your nose for a reason, and that's to capture and fight off  harmful viruses that can enter the body through the nose, like influenza. 

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