Are fingernails fattening?Posted on Nov 28th 2007 9:55PM by Fitz K.
Only if you eat about ten thousand of them! Yucky, yuck, yuck! I can't tell you how many people have asked me this strange question throughout my 18 years in the fitness industry. Too many to count. So! To anyone else who may be concerned about the belly bulging effects of fingernail chewing, here is my answer.
I'm not exactly sure how many calories are in each nail per se, but since they are made of keratin, a sturdy fibrous protein....it couldn't be much.They'd probably just run right through you. In fact, I think you'd have to chew through the hands and feet of everyone you know to even equal a moderately satisfying snack. Hmmmmmm. Yummy!
I suppose the correct response to this question would simply be to offer up all the nasty side effects that come via gnawing on the tips of your fingers (or toes). Besides earning grody looking nails, you may be consuming various germs you've picked up by touching things throughout your day. You may bleed. You may peel. You may cause an infection as well. So now that we have cleared all of that up. Go get a manicure and leave your nails to the professionals!
**Just a response to the very few folks in the comment section who are really offended that I wrote this article. People actually ask me this question! It's crazy and weird, but I've been asked it a lot. Just answering the questions. Oddly enough, this isn't the strangest question I've been asked.