After a cardiac incident in an influencer, doctors caution against the TikTok ‘dry scooping’ challenge.
There has been a medical alert issued after a TikTok user suffered a heart attack while taking the “dry scooping” challenge, saying that it might kill youngsters.
Parents have been warned that the fatal new fad is taking over social media and has no signs of slowing down.
Users take a scoop of protein powder and drink it dry, as seen on TikTok’s “Dry Scooping” video.
There are more than eight million likes on the video sharing platform for the potentially lethal trend, which even caused a heart attack in one influencer.
It’s possible to die if you take the powders by yourself, according to doctors.
It’s a “particularly dangerous way of intake,” according to paediatrician Nelson Chow of Princeton University, who led the investigation into the trend.
‘The highly concentrated powder can lead to choking, unintentional inhalation, over-consumption harm and death,’ he said.
“Despite being marketed to people over the age of 18, pre-workout has grown in popularity among teenagers.”
Only one out of every twelve TikTok videos with the “pre-workout” hashtag explained how to correctly swallow the powder, according to the researchers.
Chow asserted that the popularity of pre-workout pills has risen dramatically in the last several years.
Pre-workout is promoted as a way to enhance physical performance as well as to boost one’s level of energy and concentration.
Pre-workout is typically sold as a powder to be mixed with water and taken as a drink.
Caffeine, as well as other ingredients including Beta-alanine, L-Cirtulline, and BCAAs, are commonly found in large doses in this supplement.
What’s even more worrisome is that people were taking these dangerous medications in combination with alcohol and energy drinks, and they were doing so at extraordinarily high doses.
Doctors may have a hard time identifying new patterns that could pose health dangers among children and adolescents, Chow cautioned.
“Sometimes examining unorthodox sites like TikTok can generate significant insights.” Take, for example, the present widespread use of pre-workout supplements and the potentially harmful ways in which they are consumed.
Face death’s door
A TikTok influencer known for her training videos, Briatney Portillo, recently died after suffering a heart attack while “dry scooping” before going to the gym.
“I just took pre-workout powder and ate it directly and tried to swallow it and then followed it with drinking water,” the social media star added.
My hands and entire body began to itch shortly after, and I began to perspire heavily.
When I first began lifting weights, my chest felt a little tight and achy. It was anxiousness or a panic attack, so I didn’t pay attention to it and kept going with my workout.”
When the student returned home, she reported she began to feel queasy and got a headache.
Despite showering, she was unable to eat dinner since she was feeling queasy with a headache.
Even though I had opted to go to work, the sensations of a heavy chest and severe chest pain returned.
“I was drenched in perspiration and suffering from a headache when I entered the dressing room. My back and left arm were both aching as a result of the discomfort. “That’s when I realized it wasn’t panic,” she said.
As a result of her trip to the hospital, Briatney was diagnosed with an NSTEMI (non-ST elevation myocardial infarction).
Unlike other heart attacks, NSTEMIs have a lower mortality rate, according to the NHS.
‘Side effects,’ as they’re referred as,
Chris Appleton, a Myprotein PT, told The Sun that the craze had “no nutritional advantages.”
According to him, dry scooping only has advantages in terms of faster absorption rates, but at the expense of flavor.
Dry scooping has no nutritional value other than to speed up absorption.
Not diluting some goods, like pre-workout supplements, will deliver a jolt of caffeine to your system more faster than usual, which could have negative side effects.
The trend has “blown up,” according to Innermost CEO and founder Shivraj Bassi.
According to him, inhaling in the powder and having it clump together in your neck are the two biggest dangers of dry scooping.
Additionally, several of the less expensive pre-workout supplements on the market are loaded with caffeine.
This can result in dehydration, elevated heart rate, and other negative effects on your body if done in the dry.”
To boost the bioavailability of the chemicals in your pre-workout, mix it with water before your workout. This should help it perform better.