The Surprising Dangers of Eating Cold Food

5. Brain Freeze

Of course, everyone knows what brain freeze feels like. It’s basically several minutes of agony. Brain freeze does not usually cause lasting damage, but any kind of pain causes stress hormones to be released into your blood stream. Over time, excess stress can cause a hormonal imbalance and weaken the immune system.

Brain freeze happens when cold food touches a group of nerves at the back of the palate, which then send signals that spark a headache. Interestingly, this group of nerves is also associated with migraines and cluster headaches. With brain freeze, the pain goes away when that bundle of nerves warms back up.

For that reason, some migraine sufferers deliberately cause a brain freeze when they have a headache. It doesn’t work for everyone, but in some cases, the entire headache will abate when the brain freeze resolves.

Want to impress your friends? Memorize this technical term for brain freeze: sphenolopalatine ganglioneuralgia. There’s a mouthful for you!

Eating cold food is certainly not as risky as eating unhealthy food, and skipping out on drinking water is not good, either. So if you really don’t like your water or your fruit at room temperature, it’s okay. The issues with cold food are likely to bother some people more than others, and changing that habit is one smart strategy for those who struggle with any of the conditions we’ve described here.

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