‘Dry scooping’ has already garnered more than eight million ‘likes’ on TikTok, but doctors have warned it could lead to lung and heart attacks – and is potentially fatal to children
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A potentially deadly new craze called ‘dry scooping’ sweeps social media, parents have been warned.
It involves swallowing protein training powder dry – then washing it down with water.
Dry scooping has already garnered more than eight million ‘likes’ on video-sharing social network TikTok, where an influencer tells how she had a heart attack.
But doctors warned that it could lead to lung and heart attacks – and is potentially fatal to children.
Research author Nelson Chow, a pediatrician at Princeton University in the United States, said: “Dry scooping, a particularly risky method of consumption, involves putting undiluted powder in the mouth followed by sipping liquid.
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The highly concentrated powder can lead to suffocation, accidental inhalation, overuse damage and death.
“Despite being labeled 18 plus, pre-training has become increasingly popular with teenagers.
“This study examines risky behaviors associated with the use of minors before training on the social media app, TikTok, a platform with millions of teenage users.”
The US team collected 100 TikTok videos under the hashtag “#preworkout”.
They analyzed likes, intake method, number of servings and combination with other drugs.
Chow said: “Pre-workout supplements have increased in popularity in recent years.
Taken before training, pre-training is announced to improve athletic performance and increase energy and focus.
“Typically, pre-workout is sold in powder form, intended to be combined with water and consumed as a drink.”
They often contain high concentrations of caffeine mixed with substances such as Beta-alanine, L-Citrulline and BCAAs.
Chow said: “Several pre-workouts have been banned for containing drugs like DMAA and Synephrine.
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Nearly two-thirds of the videos showed men, three out of ten women and six percent both. Only one in twelve depicted uses according to instruction.
The most popular drugs taken next door were energy drinks and alcohol.
Users had an extremely high risk of over-consumption or accidental inhalation of the powder before training.
Chow advised doctors to be aware that dry shovel was widespread.
He said: “It can be difficult for doctors to identify new trends that could pose health risks among young people.
Take, for example, the current penetration of pre-training and the dangerous methods of consumption.
“Sometimes, examining unorthodox platforms like TikTok can yield valuable results.”
In June, Briatney Portillo, a 20-year-old social media influencer, revealed she had a heart attack after trying out the TikTok challenge.
She told BuzzFeed: “After taking the pre-workout, I started to feel itchy and itchy all over my body, which was not a good feeling, but I googled it and it said it was a normal side effect. So I started doing my workout.
“I started to feel a heavy feeling in my chest and light pains, but it wasn’t that bad. I thought it might be anxiety or a bad panic attack, so I decided to just ignore it and push through my workout. “
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Upon arrival at work, she called an ambulance where she was rushed to the hospital.
She said, “I realized I had to call 911 as my chest pain became more intense and my left side felt a little dead. I was also sweating profusely.”
Doctors told her to avoid caffeine and be careful when taking supplements.
She opened up about her experience to let others know how dangerous these social media could be.
Briatney added: “I just want people to be careful about what they ingest. Just because you see it online, even if it’s ‘fitness influencers’ doing it, does not mean it’s safe.”
Chow will present the results at a virtual American Academy of Pediatrics meeting on Saturday.