Is it safe to eat snow?

Those who do not like the Brazilian summer and can travel to countries where extreme winter prevails, possibly choose regions full of snow, where you can wear several layers of clothing, make dolls and enjoy the negative temperatures.

If you are in this group of people who like to play with snow, you may have eaten some of the ice falling from the sky, but does experiencing snow hurt your health? Have you ever thought about it?

You can eat, but be careful

According to Professor Anne Nolin, in a statement published in Popular Science, "Everyone should eat snow because it's really fun." She, who studies weather systems and snow, says most snow is as clean as water, but explains that ice water molecules eventually join dust and pollen particles to form ice crystals. After that, they turn into snowflakes.

These tiny particles are the same particles that eventually enter our bodies through the airways when we breathe. What's more, snowflakes tend not to encompass more polluting particles, so it's a safe snack.

Once it reaches the ground, snow is considered clean as long as nothing falls on it. If eating snow is among your tourist and gastronomic plans, choose to eat snow that has just fallen and is white. Now if the snow is yellow, it indicates dust accumulation; And in the case of pink snow, even worse: it means that the ice is contaminated with algae.