For most, the only downside to enjoying ice cream or an icy cold beverage is the inevitable brain freeze. Until a recent study
- originally conducted to better understand migraines, this phenomenon left scientists at a complete loss as to its cause.
sums up the results of the experiment,
"What they found was that one particular artery in the brain, the anterior cerebral artery, became rapidly dilated, flooding the brain with blood, when participants felt brain freeze. As soon as the same vessel constricted, participants' pain went away."
So now you know why your head feels like it's being hit with a hammer when you eat or drink anything cold too quickly.
Still... If enjoying my Slurpee a little too fast is wrong, I don't want to be right.