TikTok is a platform where fitness fanatics can find inspiration, motivation and new tips and tricks for working out more efficiently. It’s also home to some of the most stupid and outrageous fake fitness advice and ideas. But hey, you win some, you lose some. Take the latest TikTok challenge Dry Scooping, where users take a scoop of dry powder and dump it directly into their mouth, you know, instead of mixing it with water like a normal person.
What is Dry Scooping?
Dry Scooping is a TikTok challenge where users put a scoop of protein or pre-workout power straight into their mouth without diluting it in water or milk. The powder is designed for slow absorption, as such, the TikTok challenge is very dangerous and raises serious health concerns.
In case you were wondering, the best way to take supplements is by mixing them with flavoured fluids. We prefer to use water, but you can also use milk or coconut water for a healthy fruit smoothie. In some cases, you can even use it as an ingredient when cooking. But, is it safe to Dry Scoop?
Is Dry Scooping Safe?
Very reminiscent of the cinnamon challenge that took over schoolyards in the 2010s, Dry Scooping is about as stupid and pointless as that was. And as it turns out, it can be far more dangerous. In an interview with POPSUGAR, nutritionist Ayat Sleymann explained that pre-workout often contains large doses of caffeine, and when consumed too quickly, can be dangerous.
“A sudden dose of excessive caffeine can trigger fast and irregular heartbeats, which could lead to sudden cardiac arrest and even death,” said Sleymann.
The news won’t come as a surprise to anyone with their head screwed on. After all, the reason we dilute pre-workout with water or milk is for slow absorption. And it gets worse, dilution prevents the chances of “stroke, heart attacks, hepatitis and death that might occur from not following instructions,” said Sleymann.
It didn’t take long for our first test case. A 20-year-old TikToker has reported suffering a heart attack after attempting the Dry Scooping challenge. Briatney Portillo, known on TikTok and Instagram as @brivtny, recently shared some clips warning against others who might be considering giving the challenge a try. Also revealing Redcon1 Total War pre-workout as the supplement of choice for the challenge.
“Putting this out there so y’all don’t do what I did because I’m the type of person to try anything and everything I see here w/o questioning it,” said Portillo.
If you’re a little sceptical of the story so were we. That was until we read Portillo actually made a hospital visit which revealed her troponin levels were measured at a higher-than-normal rate. Doctors finally concluding that she’d experienced an NSTEMI (a type of heart attack that does less damage to the heart).
Simply put, Dry Scooping is not safe. As experts have concluded, you’re essentially injecting yourself with extreme levels of caffeine that can cause serious health issues.
Is dry scooping effective?
While the methodology behind dry scooping suggests that it is more effective in pre-workout absorption, there are health concerns at play. Dry scooping can wreak havoc on your teeth, with some nutritionists advising against the practice.
Is it bad to eat pre-workout powder?
Studies suggest that several ingredients in pre-workout formulas may cause digestive upset. These include sodium bicarbonate, magnesium, creatine, and caffeine. When consumed via eating and not mixed with water, pre-workout can wreak havoc on your digestive system.
What's the point of dry scooping?
The goal of dry scooping pre-workout is to get an even more concentrated hit of energy before they exercise, to help them work out longer and harder
How long does it take for pre-workout to kick in?
Studies suggest that many of the active ingredients in your pre-workout drink take 30-60 minutes to reach peak levels in your blood.