How To Avoid Brain Freeze
This just in: Eating smaller bites of ice cream is the key to avoiding the highly dreaded ice cream headache, a.k.a. brain freeze.
This critical finding, which was published in the December issue of British Medical Journal, was made by 13-year-old Maya Kaczorowski, who carried out her experiment on fellow middle school classmates in Hamilton, Canada.
Half of Dalewood Middle School's 145 students were given the difficult task of eating two scoops of vanilla ice cream in less than five seconds.
The second group was instructed to eat the same amount slowly enough to still have some left after 30 seconds.
Twenty-seven percent of the hurried eaters developed an ice cream headache - more than the ''cautious'' eaters.
Interestingly, cold weather did not affect the incidence of headache, which appears to be triggered when the cold substance touches the roof of the mouth.
By the way, Maya received an A for her groundbreaking study and plans to conduct similar research using other flavors of ice cream.
British Medical Journal, 2002; 325, 1445
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