WHY DO I GET A BRAIN FREEZE WHEN I EAT COLD FOOD?

Girls' World - - Quiz -

— Karina,7, MO

The rea­son your head starts to hurt when you eat or drink cold items like ice cream or slushy drinks has to do with the nerves and blood ves­sels on your palate (the roof of your mouth) that reach all the way to your fore­head. When the cold food hits your palate, it puts the nerves into high alert and the blood ves­sels quickly ex­pand and swell. This re­ac­tion is what causes you to get the un­com­fort­able feel­ing of a so-called “brain freeze.” To avoid them, ex­perts say to eat cold food slowly and let it warm up in the front of your mouth first.

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