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Research Says Picking Your Nose Is Actually Healthy - But You Have To Eat The Boogers

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Picking your nose is seen as a gross habit around the world, but that doesn't mean it's rare.

In a survey, 96% of teenagers admit to digging for gold regularly, while a surprising 90% of adults say they do it too.

In fact, the average person cleans out the attic four times a day, even if they're in the 10% that won't admit to it.

But that may not be a bad thing. While it's certainly bad table manners to pick your nose in front of friends and family, research says there are health benefits to burrowing for boogies.

The only downside is you need to eat what you find to get those health benefits.

Napper and his students pick their noses.The Sheaf

It's gross but true, according to biochemist Scott Napper. He says humans may have actually evolved to eat their boogers because the little nuggets are so good for us.

"I've got two beautiful daughters and they spend an amazing amount of time with their fingers up their nose," he told the CBC.

"And without fail, it goes right into their mouth afterwards. Could they just be fulfilling what we're truly meant to do?"

If you're feeling skeptical - or nauseous - just wait until you learn what boogers can do for your body.

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