Shocker: Doctors Warn Against Taking Cinnamon Challenge

Hold up… trying to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon is a bad idea? According to doctors (and what do they know?) it turns out that it is.

Lord have mercy on the teenage mind. I wish the rebellious thoughts in the minds of today’s teens included some legitimate rage against the machine — an idealistic, knowledgeable turn against the system. Unfortunately, the teens with the smarts aren’t the same teens who have the energy and angst to hold a defiant fist in the air  before… trying to swallow a teaspoon full of cinnamon without drinking any water.

In all fairness, it’s not only teenagers taking the cinnamon challenge. If you hop over to YouTube, you’ll find more than a few adults willing to step up to the plate. Regardless of age, doctors have now offered a pointed warning toward anyone who might consider a spoonful of cinnamon for sheer enjoyment — or to satisfy the curiosity of a friend cruel onlooker.

In 2011, 51 people were reported hospitalized with health issues due to the cinnamon challenge. In 2012, there were 222 reported cases.

The potential health risks from opting in to the challenge begin with minor issues such as severe throat irritation and choking and progress to more serious issues like collapsed lungs. When weighed against the glory of getting absolutely nothing for completing the challenge, maybe it’s time for this prank to die — before a person actually does.

Here’s one of the more popular cinnamon challenge videos found on YouTube.

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