We’re taught from a young age that picking our nose is a disgusting habit.
Not only do we think its unhygienic, but having a good rummage could tear our nostrils’ fragile skin, as well as increasing the risk of developing a painful sinus infection.
Yet, a study has revealed people who pick their noses may actually be healthier – giving good reason for children to carry on with the disgusting habit.
Austrian lung specialist Professor Friedrich Bischinger, said: ‘Eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body’s immune system. Medically it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do.
‘In terms of the immune system, the nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria are collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine.’