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Scientists Want to Develop a Chewing Gum From the Snot Inside Your Nose

By: Joe Hyer

April 27, 2017

How many times a month do you tell your toddler to stop picking their nose? In fact, it’s even worse if you catch them eating it, right? Well, you may want to stop correcting your child the next time it happens.

A study from the American Society for Microbiology found that there are tons of health benefits from eating the contents inside your nose. 

The gist of the study? The mucus pulled from your nose (otherwise known as “snot”) can help prevent cavities from forming in your mouth. 

Kidspot reports that this can be credited back to salivary mucin, which is contained in your snot. As a result, scientists are actually working on ways to possibly create synthetic snot that could be manufactured into toothpaste or chewing gum.

The study says that salivary mucin may also help prevent respiratory infections, stomach ulcers, HIV.

We may need to update what we teach our kids, huh?