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Published December 04, 2013, 08:35 PM

Is Eating Snow Safe?

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There's little more tempting to children than a fresh blanket of snow: It's a blank canvas to be molded, packed and even eaten if the situation calls for it.

By: Drew Trafton, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There's little more tempting to children than a fresh blanket of snow: It's a blank canvas to be molded, packed and even eaten if the situation calls for it.

But is eating snow safe?

Whether frolicking, catching a few flakes on your tongue or taking a snowball in the schnoz - we've all eaten a little snow.

But here's a question for you: is it healthy?

The National Science Foundation says yes.

But as it's naturally distilled-- they suggest you only eat in moderation.

And for our snow experts that can sometimes be a problem.

"I would eat it!"

"Do you ever eat snow, Rowan?"

"My brother does and sometimes I do."

"The snow is kind of delicious."

As you might imagine not much will keep these Lincoln Elementary school students from chomping down.

"I think I found some."

... except the very thing that the snow's usually covering.

"Um... grass."

"Um, it has grass in it."

"If it has grass in it you're not going to eat it?"

"hahaha."

"You don't want the grass, you want the snow?"

"No."

It turns out these kids are pretty sharp.

Dirty snow is a big no-no because you never know what fertilizers or other chemicals may be in play.

But the dirt itself isn't bad-- in fact, it's essential for the snowflake to form in the first place.

The stuff you really want to watch out for is tinted.

The yellow is obvious-- but what about pink?

Various algae can get caught up in the moisture and give snow a distinctive hue.

Eating that snow.

"Good."

...may leave you very ill.

But thankfully-- the snow in our region is good for eating, snow angels, jumping and whatever else these kids can dream up.

Some mountaineers capture snow as a main water source. But because distilled water lacks minerals, they will often add a sports drink mix, or even a little salt before drinking it.

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