Can Ice Cream Cause Cold?

No, eating ice cream or cold foods by itself does not directly cause a cold. Colds are caused by viruses, most commonly the rhinovirus, and are not related to the temperature of the food you consume.

However, there is a common misconception that cold foods or beverages can contribute to getting a cold or worsen cold symptoms. This belief likely stems from the idea that cold foods might suppress the immune system or make the body more susceptible to infections. In reality, the temperature of the food or drink you consume does not significantly impact your immune system’s ability to fight off viruses.

Colds are primarily spread through close contact with infected individuals or touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching your face, particularly the mouth, nose, or eyes. Washing your hands regularly and avoiding close contact with sick individuals are more effective ways to prevent getting a cold than avoiding cold foods.

That said, extremely cold foods might temporarily cause discomfort in some individuals, particularly if they are sensitive to cold temperatures. This discomfort can include brain freeze or temporary tooth sensitivity, but it is not related to the development of a cold.