The Cinnamon Challenge


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The viral phenomenon is simple; take a tablespoon of cinnamon and try to swallow it all in under 60 seconds without any water. There are over 40,000 Cinnamon Challenge videos on www.youtube.com. However, this prank is turning out to be very dangerous, causing hospitilizations, choking, throat irritation, difficulty breathing, and even collapsed lungs. In 2012, at least 30 teens nationwide needed medical attention, and 222 Poison Control Center calls were made by teens after attempting the challenge.

So, why is cinnamon so bad for us? Well, anything can kill you in large amounts. Cinnamon has several health benefits in small doses, but any powder or spice inhaled into the lungs can be very dangerous for your health.

The chemical that gives cinnamon it's potency and strength is known as cinnamaldehyde. A part of this chemical acts as formaldehyde that binds and fixes tissue. A sort of preservative for your body. In high concentrations, this is what cinnamaldehyde has the possibility of doing.

Cinnamon is actually a spice made out of tree bark. Inhaling powdered bark doesn't sound like the safest thing to do in my mind. That's why it is difficult to get out of your lungs or spit out. If even a little remains in your lungs, it could potentially cause lung cancer just as a coal worker would get it.untitled.png

 

Rats have been tested with cinnamon powder, and they have been shown to develop severe lung damage a month later. In humans, inhaling the cinnamon even once can cause an asthma attach, or spasms and narrowing of the bronchioles.

All in all, the Cinnamon Challenge is not the smartest idea, and just because it's a YouTube phenomenon doesn't mean you should join in.

http://www.cinnamonchallenge.com/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cinnamon-challenge-dangerous-to-lungs-new-report-warns/

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My boyfriend actually attempted to do this challenge but failed at it miserably, it is extremely dangerous! However I found a really interesting article discussing how cinnamon compounds may actually help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Although you posted about negative effects for cinnamon and the reasoning for why it is so bad to inhale, you did not provide any specific research that was done to prove it. Here the first link covers overall how cinnamon can help prevent it, and the second link actually talks about an experimental study that was done with lab mice. Do you think this is an accurate study to provide significant proof?

http://www.examiner.com/article/cinnamon-compounds-potential-ability-to-prevent-alzheimer-s-disease-discovered

http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2011/06/alzheimers-prevention-in-your-pantry.html

My boyfriend actually attempted to do this challenge but failed at it miserably, it is extremely dangerous! However I found a really interesting article discussing how cinnamon compounds may actually help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Although you posted about negative effects for cinnamon and the reasoning for why it is so bad to inhale, you did not provide any specific research that was done to prove it. Here the first link covers overall how cinnamon can help prevent it, and the second link actually talks about an experimental study that was done with lab mice. Do you think this is an accurate study to provide significant proof?

http://www.examiner.com/article/cinnamon-compounds-potential-ability-to-prevent-alzheimer-s-disease-discovered

http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2011/06/alzheimers-prevention-in-your-pantry.html

I actually tried this challenge myself a couple years ago not knowing what the outcome would be. Once I put the spoonful of cinnamon into my mouth it immediately tasted and felt like I ate a spoonful of dry sand. I didn't even attempt to swallow because the texture and taste was so gross. It is almost impossible for the cinnamon to become wet, so I spit it out. I could see how this challenge is dangerous because no one should be inhaling large amounts of powder. Cinnamon is tasty in drinks and on desserts in small doses but this challenge is not appetizing whatsoever. Cinnamon like another spice has it's benefits.
http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html

I've been foolish enough to attempt the cinnamon challange myself which resulted in me throwing up and being unable to catch my breath. However cinnamon in more easily manageable doses has several health benefits. It was mention by Alexandria how it is linked to the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Cinnamon is also known to be a leading effect extract against HIV, diabetes, and MS. In ancient times it was used for sore throats and fungal infections as well. Research at Penn State has even shown how the chemical compounds in cinnamon help in the metabolization of a fatty diet. I found this information on Medical News Today

Oh the cinnamon challenge! A couple years ago I dared my two friends to do this challenge one night and it obviously failed miserably. Of course, I knew that they wouldn't complete the challenge but they, being cocky teenage boys, were very confident it wouldn't be that hard. Wrong. One of my friends choked on the cinnamon so badly that he ended up throwing up into the sink, while the other one coughed it out all over the kitchen. Safe to say this "recreational challenge" is not the smartest thing to do, although it may be funny. I was not aware of long term affects inhaling cinnamon had, however just from that experience it is obvious that there are much safer ways to spend a friday night and much more exciting, safe, things to do, such as these fun party games listed in this article!!! http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/10-always-entertaining-party-games-131753

If only I read this article before I witnessed almost every one of my friends attempt this idiotic challenge every time they drink a beer. I had no idea it could be this harmful to you. I did a little bit more research on my own as well and apparently the cinnamon challenge can also result in scarring of the lung tissue or even, in serious cases, result in a collapsed lung. In the first six months of 2012 there were 178 calls made to poison control as a result of the cinnamon challenge. I had no idea that it could potentially be this fatal. Well, one thing is for sure, the cinnamon challenge is living proof that we are completely digressing as a society.

I have never personally attempted any of these ridiculous food challenges, especially because of this reason. They are so dangerous to take part in, because of all the health risks you throw at yourself when trying to gain internet fame through these challenges. I've seen plenty of videos of the cinnamon challenge that result in vomiting and the works. There is just nothing pleasant about it. Another food challenge I have heard of is the Chubby Bunny, where you attempt to fit as many marshmallows in your mouth as you can, each time pronouncing the tongue twister "chubby bunny" as well as you can. There have been cases of teenagers attempting this activity and suffocating from loss of air. You have 5-10 marshmallows in your mouth covering your passageway for air, what do you expect is going to happen? I don't support these activities at all. Here's an article about all of its dangers: http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2009/09/the-dangers-of-chubby-bunny.html

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