Doctors are advising youngsters to think twice before taking part in a bizarre TikTok trend in which they cook chicken breast in over-the-counter liquid cold and cough medicine.
Known as “NyQuil Chicken” or “Sleepy Chicken”, the trend, which many take as a joke, has surfaced on various video platforms. In the video, people put a chicken breast in a pan and pour medicine over it until it absorbs the liquid.
In a satirical video, in which many claim he is taking a cold remedy for his ailing wife, he pours a bright green decongestant over the chicken and advises it to sit for “5 to 30 minutes”. This is because the medicine gets marinated in the chicken.
“Make sure you’re constantly flipping over the chicken. You don’t want to pay more attention to one side than the other,” he tells the camera. “Sometimes the steam really makes you sleepy.”
Many original videos showing this trend have since been removed from TikTok.
This is not the first time that a strange incident has hit the internet. Back in 2017, anonymous image site 4Chan featured several people making “sleeptime chicken”, and the trend has been spotted on Youtube.
“Taking a medicine with food is generally not dangerous, as many people do with their daily dose,” Aaron Hartman, MD, a physician and assistant clinical professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, told Mike.com. “When you cook a cough medicine like NyQuil, you boil water and alcohol in it, which causes the chicken meat to become highly saturated with the drug. So it’s like you’re actually consuming a quarter to half a bottle of NyQuil.”
In addition to eating chicken, inhaling meat when immersed in NyQuil can be dangerous because it is an aerosolized form. Getting it into your lungs can be especially toxic.
“When inhaled, these drugs enter your bloodstream very quickly and are not moving through your liver for detoxification,” Hartmann said. “Depending on how much you inhale, the effects can be quite bad.”
TikTok is a common place for fun food trends, like whipped coffee and cloud bread, to pop up. However, this isn’t the first time people have created dangerous combinations of content for popular apps. Last summer, the frozen honey trick grew in popularity. It has shown people filling water bottles with honey, corn syrup or a mixture of the two and placing it in the freezer before eating it, Women’s Health reported. However, some people find that this tendency results in diarrhea, cramps and bloating.
Another trend that went wrong on TikTok involved fried “mini-eggs” which were supposed to be kid-friendly. Unfortunately, experts pointed out Today Cooking frozen eggs can cause serious problems, especially in little ones.
“Due to the risk of foodborne illness, this method of egg preparation would not be recommended, especially among at-risk populations such as children,” said a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. “There are food safety risks involved, such as cross-contamination and undercooking of eggs, which can lead to foodborne illness if not handled properly. Storing eggs in their shell is also generally not recommended. Is.”
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