Research has proved that the famous cinnamon challenge is a substantial health hazard and may lead to “long-lasting lesions, scarring and inflammation of the airway" or even lung damage.
The cinnamon challenge became an online fad some time in 2012, even though it has been around since 2001. The objective is to swallow a spoonful of powdered cinnamon under 60 seconds without drinking anything. Many uploaded videos of people attempting the challenge resulted in them coughing out a cloud of cinnamon powder, gagging, vomiting, and swearing.
According to the April issue of Paediatrics, in America last year, at least 30 cases stemming from the challenge required medical attention. Several of these cases had to have ventilator support for the teens who suffered collapsed lungs.
The medical journal also reported that “cinnamon is a caustic powder composed of cellulose fibers that don't dissolve or biodegrade in the lungs. It also contains an oil that produces allergic, irritant or toxic reactions in some people.”
For people with underlying lung conditions such as asthma, consuming cinnamon by large quantities has the potential to pose significant health risks that are uncalled for.
Studies done on animals have shown that the lungs almost immediately become inflamed after a single spoon of cinnamon, and continue to show signs of damage for weeks and even months.
Steven Lipshultz, professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, explained that “in humans, that would be the equivalent of an elderly person developing emphysema and needing oxygen.”
I am all for laughing at the stupid things people subject themselves to for attention, then hurting and making fools out of themselves in the process. But next time if you’re thinking of attempting the cinnamon challenge for our amusement, think again.