During the last few days, TikTok users from around the world have grown interested in a new challenge known as the "dry scooping," in which they would swallow a scoop of dry protein powder on camera. Yet, doctors and health professionals are strongly warning against the trend.
While videos of the dry protein powder challenge are getting over 8 million likes and millions more in views every day, prompting more and more young users of the popular video-sharing app to give it a try, doctors are now warning against the trend, urging users to stop following it to protect themselves against the risk of heart attacks and other health complications.
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According to several health professionals who have grown worried as they watched the new challenge, each scoop of dry protein "contains three or four times the amount of caffeine found in a cup of coffee," which is traumatizing for the body to ingest at once, aggravating the risk of heart attacks.
Some doctors have also linked this practice to choking and severe pneumonia, which could get worse in case individuals contracted the coronavirus, potentially leading to death.
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So I hear the latest "Challenge" is to dry scoop protein powder. It's causing heart attacks. When are these kids gonna learn?— kirsten olson (@kirstenkirby69) October 10, 2021
The Daily Mail has reported that a 20-yearsold Florida-based influencer has announced having a heart attack following her video swallowing dry protein powder lately.