Many have heard of an ice cream headache, or brain freeze, caused by the consumption of something cold, usually after its hit the roof of the mouth. This causes the blood vessels in the brain to dilate, leading to a quick passing but intense pain. However a newer term on the radar this season is called a hot dog headache.
Eating popular barbecue foods filled with nitrates, namely hot dogs, releases nitric oxide, a gas that also leads to a dilating of blood vessels in the brain. Symptoms of this type of headache will mostly be a pulsing pain that can last up to an hour. Coupling foods high in nitrates with foods high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, such as yogurt, can reduce dilation and pain by up to 40 percent."
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