It became an internet sensation captivating the attention of many. Now doctors are saying the stunt involving cinnamon can cause dangerous health problems.
It's known as "The Cinnamon Challenge". The spice used in everything from muffins to lattes has become a product used in pranks by many. It involves swallowing a spoonful of ground cinnamon... but doing this can lead daredevils to cough, gag and even vomit. The Cinnamon Challenge can lead to permanent health problems, especially for people with asthma. Pediatrician Lawrence Lyford of the Community Health Care Center says, "If you don't think walking into a burning building is a good idea, I'd suggest staying away from cinnamon or anything else that can get into your lungs and cause broncho spasms or an asthma attack."
Cinnamon contains cellulose that causes scarring in the lungs. That can lead to fibrosis and even chronic obstructive lung disease, just like long term smoking. Extra precaution should be taken for asthmatic people who may end up with worse conditions. Along with cinnamon, other small finely powdered substances such as sugar should not be inhaled.
Dr. Lyford strongly recommends avoiding anything that is not meant to be in the lungs and just say "no" to this trending fad.