Experts Warn Tik Tok’s New Challenge Might Be Life Threatening
It's called "dry scooping" and it's Tik Tok's new challenge that has the potential to land you in the hospital.
The challenge is to ingest pre-workout powder without any liquid, according to a news report on WFSB 3. So why is it bad for you? An article on the website sports.yahoo.com tells a true story of a young woman who tried dry scooping before her workout and ended up having a heart attack, but luckily, she recovered.
The pre-workout supplement is supposed to give you that extra hit of energy to get you ready for your workout. Every website I sourced to find out if "dry scooping" was recommended for pre-workouts told me dry scooping was NOT a good idea and here's why. For example, Dr. Kathryn Boling at Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center told health.com that pouring a dry scoop of workout powder down your throat could "very easily become a choking risk."
She went on to say that the biggest potential issue is a huge hit of concentrated caffeine and "mainlining a ton of caffeine is not good for your heart." So the bottom line she says is, "Just skip it and don't do this."
An article on vice.com reminds readers that pre-workout powders are not regulated by the FDA which means there are no studies measuring side-effects and long-term health concerns.