A new challenge has surfaced on the internet having to do with a term called dry scooping. Various people on the internet have recorded themselves doing this as a challenge and then posting it on TikTok. This challenge is dangerous and not worth trying for likes or views. Here is what it is all about:
What is dry scooping?
Dry scooping It refers to taking a scoop of pre-workout powder (or sometimes protein powder) that is meant to be mixed with water, putting the scoop in their mouths, and swallowing it.
What are the potential concerns?
Worst case scenario, and it has already happened, is that it could kill you. When you’re consuming a concentrated blend of multiple ingredients, it is hard to tell how your body will react. Ingredients such as caffeine, creatine, B-vitamins, NO2-boosters, taurine, and branch chain amino acids, contribute to the potential dangers of this challenge. These individual ingredients can be safe in healthy people when taken as directed, meaning they've taken in the recommended serving and preparation.
However, even common ingredients such as caffeine can be a danger if taken in excess, causing jitteriness, an upset stomach, and an elevated heart rate, especially when taken undiluted and/or in greater amounts than directed.
There is no benefit to dry scooping, and individuals should refrain from attempting this TikTok challenge.
What if I try this and have unwanted effects?
If someone feels ill in any way after trying this challenge or any other social media challenge, do not hesitate to contact the poison center for help. All calls are answered by pharmacists, nurses, and toxicologists 24/7, seven days a week. Call us at 1-800-222-1222 and let us help you with your poison needs.