Experts Warn About TikTok "dry Scooping" Challenge
Published in Jun 2021 / Updated in Oct 2021
The latest TikTok trend, Dry Scooping, landed two young women in the hospital.
Someone thought it would be a good idea to take a scoop of pre-workout powder without diluting it with water to maximize the effects of the amino acids, B vitamins, caffeine, and creatine in the supplement.
TikTok went wild for this trend, and now experts are warning people to drop it.
Heart Attack At 20
Briatney Portillo, 20, ended up in the hospital after trying this fitness challenge.
Amanda Zaleski, an exercise physiologist at Hartford Hospital, explained what makes this challenge so dangerous:
"When you ingest caffeine so quickly and such a large amount, it can cause very dangerous sudden rises in heart rate, blood pressure. This increases our risk for irregular heartbeats, otherwise known as arrhythmias. All of which increase our risk for a cardiovascular event, heart attack, stroke."
But that's not all:
"These powders could potentially be laced with band substances, like stimulants, steroids or other toxic ingredients."
"You're dealing with some serious ingredients. It goes right to the bloodstream if you're not going to dilute it with water."
Dr. Harish Manyam, Erlanger Chief Of Cardiology added:
"So, they're getting a large portion of caffeine in one sitting. When you do that, it increases the blood pressure substantially."
Manyam warned people to stay away from this trend:
"You're getting this high dose of caffeine right away, rather than most people who maybe sip their drink prior to going into the gym."
Parents Are Getting Worried
One TikTok user admitted that she ended up in the hospital from a heart attack from Red Con Total War powder.
Her parent said about this scary incident:
"You educate them on it, you do your best as a parent, you see to it that they do what you say."
As experts warned that this might be more dangerous than other crazy TikTok challenges, more parents are getting involved.
Despite what you hear on TikTok, before you do anything crazy or stupid, ask your doctor. Or, even your parents.
As Britney, the 20-year-old who had a heart attack, said:
"Just because you see it online, even if it's 'fitness influencers' doing it, doesn't mean it's safe. Being young doesn't mean we're invincible."