Doctors are advising young people to think twice before participating in a bizarre TikTok trend in which they cook chicken breasts in liquid over-the-counter cold and cough medicine.
Known as “NyQuil Chicken” or “Sleepy Chicken”, the trend, which many consider a joke, has surfaced on various video platforms. In the videos, people place chicken breasts in a pan and pour the drug over them, until it absorbs the liquid.
In a satirical video in which many claim he is preparing a cold remedy for his sick wife, he pours a bright green decongestant over the chicken and advises letting it sit for ‘5 to 30 minutes’ while the medicine marinates in the chicken.
“Make sure you constantly flip the chicken. You don’t want to pay more attention to one side than the other,” he told the camera. “Sometimes the steam makes you really sleepy.”
Several of the original videos showcasing the trend have since been removed from TikTok.
This is not the first time that the bizarre phenomenon has made the rounds of the Internet. In 2017, the anonymous image site 4Chan showed several people doing “sleeping chicken”, and the trend was spotted on Youtube.
“Taking medication with food is generally not dangerous because many people do it with their daily dose of medication,” Aaron Hartman, physician and assistant clinical professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth, told Mic.com. University. “When you cook a cough medicine like NyQuil, you boil off the water and the alcohol in it, leaving the chicken saturated with a super concentrated amount of medicine in the meat. If you ate one of these fully cooked cutlets, it would be like you were actually consuming between a quarter and half a bottle of NyQuil.
Besides eating the chicken, inhaling the meat when sprayed with NyQuil can be quite dangerous as it is an aerosolized form. Inhaling it into your lungs can be particularly toxic.
“Inhaled, these drugs also enter your bloodstream very quickly and don’t pass through your liver for detoxification,” Hartman said. “The effects can be pretty bad depending on how much you inhale.”
TikTok is a commonplace where fun food trends, like whipped coffee and cloud bread, pop up. However, this is not the first time that people have created dangerous combinations of ingredients for the popular application. Last summer, a frozen honey trick gained popularity. It featured people filling water bottles with honey, corn syrup or a mixture of the two and storing them in the freezer before eating them, Women’s Health reported. However, some people have found out the hard way that this tendency leads to diarrhea, cramping, and bloating.
Another trend that went bad on TikTok included fried “mini eggs” that were supposed to be kid-friendly. Unfortunately, the experts said TODAY that cooking frozen eggs could lead to serious problems, especially in toddlers.
“Due to the risk of foodborne illness, particularly among an at-risk population such as children, it would not be recommended to use this method of egg preparation,” a U.S. Department of Health spokesperson said. Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service. “There are food safety hazards, such as cross-contamination and undercooking the egg, which could lead to foodborne illness if not handled properly. Freezing eggs is also generally not recommended. eggs in their shells.
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