Swallowing Ice Cube: What will Happen?

Short answer: If you accidentally swallow an ice cube, it will usually melt in your stomach, but it can also cause choking, dental problems, or infections if it is large, sharp, or contaminated.

Ice is frozen water that has no nutritional value but can help cool down your body temperature and keep you hydrated.

If you accidentally swallow an ice cube, it will usually melt in your mouth or in your stomach due to your body heat.

However, if the ice cube is too large or has sharp edges, it can get stuck in your throat or damage your teeth and gums.

This is because ice is a solid substance that can block your airway or cause cracks and infections in your oral cavity.

Ice can also contain bacteria or chemicals that can make you sick if it is not clean or filtered.

It is quite common to swallow ice cubes due to a habit, a craving, or a medical condition.

You can try to cough or drink warm water if you feel discomfort or pain after swallowing an ice cube.

To avoid accidental swallowing, you should break the ice into smaller pieces, suck on it instead of chewing it, or use crushed ice instead of cubes.

Finally, remember, ice is not food and should not be consumed excessively or regularly.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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