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Is It OK to Eat Snow?


Short answer: It depends.

The CDC’s Winter Weather FAQ includes the question: What should I do if I get stranded in cold weather? Among the answers — Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers; Stay awake, you will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems; As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer; — they also warn, “Do not eat unmelted snow because it will lower your body temperature.”

But that’s assuming that you’re stranded in cold weather.

But what if you’re just in your own backyard, with easy access to a heated room and warm food and beverages?

Again, it depends.

When’s the last time you put down pesticide on your lawn? How is the air pollution in your neighborhood?

The best way to get water from snow is to melt it in a pot over a stove, and then bring it to a boil for a few minutes to kill any harmful bacteria. But where’s the fun in that?

Can you eat snow? If you haven’t put out toxic fertilizer or pesticides, and if the pollution in your area isn’t too bad, then the answer is “most likely, in small amounts, yes.”

As long as it’s freshly fallen.

And isn’t yellow.


24 Comments on Is It OK to Eat Snow?

  1. Harry potter // March 1, 2019 at 9:13 am // Reply

    never eat the pink snow! it has a bacteria that causes diarrhea! 🤢

  2. Chester Cheetah // February 25, 2019 at 9:44 pm // Reply

    As long as it’s not yellow…..but what if it’s pineapple flavored

  3. Yes you can eat snow but DO NOT Eat YELLOW Snow “yuck” and any other color of snow only white 😉

  4. Yes you can eat snow but DO NOT Eat YELLOW snow “yuck” or any other color of snow only white 😉

  5. Delicious

  6. Do not eat pink snow, either. The color is caused by a bacteria.

  7. dirt frozen water ew

  8. like wow, i’ve been eating snow for years and it hasn’t hurt me

  9. However did humanity survive prior to the internet to ask such questions….

  10. Make snow ice cream!

  11. The key quote from this article is “in small amounts”. Snow can actually cause blisters in your mouth if you eat too much. It is always best to melt snow to drink if using snow for hydration.

  12. awesomegamer33233 // April 3, 2017 at 5:32 pm // Reply

    …and isn’t yellow

  13. It sure would be cold!

  14. Could we get snow and mix it with like juice and make snow cones?

  15. Andrew 11.55t // February 21, 2017 at 6:25 pm // Reply

    I love snow

  16. i would too

  17. It’s a mystery…….

  18. It’ll Quanch Ya

  19. Eating snow could get you dehydrated.

  20. scouts Eian and Evan // February 16, 2017 at 7:42 pm // Reply


  21. So basically, you are saying that it is OK to eat snow from the clouds fresh?

  22. But I love yellow snow…..

  23. Its cool how you could eat snow if dont have water it like we could scoop it up and just eat it but i would boil it just incase

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