Warning over TikTok ‘dry scooping’ trend as influencer suffers HEART ATTACK – 7NEWS

A bizarre new trend has taken off on TikTok – and it could be potentially deadly.
“Dry scooping” is to swallow pre-workout protein powder dry, then wash it down with a few sips of liquid before working out.
Health experts have warned of the dangers of ingesting undiluted powder, saying it could potentially head to lung and heart seizures.
That’s exactly what happened to one influencer who posted about the trend.
In June, Briatney Portillo, 20, revealed she had suffered a heart attack after trying dry scooping.
“After I took the pre-workout, I started to feel tingly and itchy all over my body, which wasn’t a good feeling, but I googled it and it said that was a normal side-effect,” she told BuzzFeed.
“So I began to do my workout.
“I started to feel a heavy feeling in my chest and slight pain, but it wasn’t too bad.
“I thought maybe it was anxiety or a bad panic attack, so I decided to just ignore it and push through my workout.”
She then went to work, where her chest pain became more intense.
“I realised I needed to call 911 when the chest pain got more intense and my left side felt kind dead,” Portillo said.
“I was also sweating profusely.”
The craze has become popular with the under-18s, which is particularly risky, health experts warn.
“The highly concentrated powder can lead to choking, accidental inhalation, overconsumption injury and death,” Princeton University paediatrics student Nelson Chow said.
“Despite being labelled 18-plus, pre-workout has become increasingly popular among teens.
“Taken before exercise, pe-workout is advertised to improve athletic performance and increase energy and focus.”
But the protein powders are often packed with caffeine and synephrine, which has been linked to heart attacks and strokes.
Chow said doctors needed to be aware of the popularity of dry scooping – and parents should be aware of the trend too.
San Francisco-based cardiologist Nicole Harkin told BuzzFeed a lot of pre-workout powders contained a dubious list of ingredients.
“Aside from protein, pre-workout also typically contains a massive amount of caffeine, in some cases up to 500mg, as well as artificial dyes, sweeteners and emulsifiers,” she said.
“Taking such a large amount at once could certainly be detrimental to the body, increasing the heart rate and blood pressure acutely.”