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What harm does eating ice does to your body?
I eat ice everyday all day.
- Tracy Williams (age 37)
It does take energy to melt ice and then to warm it up to body temperature and you might wonder about your dietary energy balance. Let's do a quick calculation: it takes about 334 kiloJoules to melt a kilogram of ice and then an additional 140 required to warm it up to body temperature for a sum of 474. This is about 112 nutritional Calories. I suspect you don't eat a kilogram (2.2 lbs) of ice per day so the caloric deficit is peanuts compared to the 570 Calories in a 3.5 oz bag of peanuts..
On the other hand, cracking all that ice with your teeth might not be too 'cool'. Ask your dentist.
(published on 04/04/2011)
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