May 31, 2007 10:37pm CST
ICE CREAM (BRAIN FREEZE) What is it? On the hottest summer day,nothing soothes and cools like ice cream.but, eater beware, lest the "dreaded brain" freeze strike. Brain freeze, known to all true ice cream lovers, stabs the brain like a migriane headache. In fact, one scientific group recently proposed that it could be a model for studying this kind of headaches. What causes it? Like migraines,brain freeze headaches are thought to be caused by changes in the blood stream. A big mouthfull of ice cream rapidly cools the palate in the roof of the mouth, chilling the nearby arteries. This makes them contract, slows the blood flow to the brain, and produces the pain. In fact, any icysubstance held to the soft palate with the tongue, should yeild the same results. Cures? If you obtain a good solid case of brain freeze, what then? Some suggest putting the tongue on the upper part of the back of the palate to warm it up. But in reality the pain only lasts for a few minutes, so most of us just wait it out. Prevention Althought there are no know cures for the worst life's ills- common cold, old age, and brain freeze,- certian measures can be taken to keep them from happening in the first place. Be warned,however this requires some training. The key is to eat your ice cream at a slow lusciously pace.This gives your palate a chance to warm back up before more frozen yummies can cool things off again. Because this can be difficult in our rapidly moving lives,science demands we treat this like any skill, practice, practice, practice. Has this ever happen to you has to me but now i keep a glass of room temperature water on hand.
• United States
1 Jun 07
This has never happened to me and I eat ice cream every single day, well almost everyday. I eat ice cream even in the winter time and I have never - ever had this problem. Have you tried letting the ice cream warm or thraw a bit before eating it? Maybe if you let the ice cream thraw for a bit, that would prevent this b/c then the ice cream wouldn't be so cold. Try that and let us know if it works for you or not.