How I Met Your Mother Star Josh Radnor Might Be Allergic To Ice Cream

Ice cream is one of America's favorite desserts. In fact, per data collected by YouGov Omnibus and published by YouGov America, a whopping 96% of people in the United States enjoy eating ice cream. This love for the frozen treat is nothing to sneeze at: The International Dairy Foods Association reports the average American eats four gallons of ice cream every year. As one can see from these stats, we are very into our ice cream here in the States, so when we find ourselves not able to eat ice cream due to an allergy or intolerance, it's a total bummer.

WebMD points out that sometimes people who find themselves experiencing symptoms such as face swelling, itchy skin or hives, or respiratory issues such as sneezing or wheezing may have an allergy to a milk protein called casein, and, as we know, ice cream is made from milk. Therefore, avoiding ice cream (at least the kinds made with dairy) would be a wise decision for those with a casein allergy or intolerance. This and similar allergies can affect anyone — including one popular TV sitcom actor.

Josh Radnor has serious sneezing episodes when eating ice cream

While "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor did not state he has an allergy to casein in a recent interview with People, he did mention that despite his love for ice cream, it often has him sneezing for long periods of time, leading him to suspect he may have "some kind of milk allergy." This puts the popular frozen treat on the list of foods he sadly may have to avoid in the future, as he states, "when I eat ice cream, I sneeze for 20 minutes." Radnor goes on to say how this symptom "sucks because [he] loves ice cream," noting Jeni's Ice Cream's "salty caramel flavor" is one of his favorites.

If Radnor does indeed have a milk allergy, he wouldn't be alone, as a study conducted by the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University found milk to be one of the most common food allergies among American adults with about 4.7 million people experiencing adverse symptoms (via JAMA Network). But hey, at least there's plenty of dairy-free ice cream out there.