Is it okay to eat snow?

Last winter, my kids and I carried a cup of fresh snow into the house and added lemonade mango juice and ate it like a snow cone. Only afterwards did it occur to me to look up on the internet if it was okay to eat snow. I typed, “Is it okay to eat snow?” into Google and found a lot of differing opinions. When the snowflakes fall, air pollutants stick to them. Each snowflake is different because its characteristics is dependent on temperature and its route through the air. Anyways, I found an anti-eating snow site that suggested a simple experiment. It said to use a coffee filter to filter the snow to reveal the pollutants.

This is my set-up: I placed a coffee filter in a jar and used a rubber band to hold it up. Then we placed some clean and fresh snow that was on a table on our deck into the coffee filter.

It took a while for the water to melt and go through the filter but here’s the results.


It’s surprising how much dirt and other particles were left behind. Pretty disgusting.

I don’t think I want to eat the stuff left on the filter but at the same time, there’s a bunch of junk in my Brita filter after I filter tap water so maybe all water has impurities in it so I am not totally convinced but I think we will cut back on snow based desserts.

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