FDA warns against viral trend NyQuil Chicken TikTok
Once again, TikTokers are giving some really bad life advice by suggesting users marinate their chicken in over-the-counter cough syrup.
At this point, we’re no strangers to questionable TikTok trends. Still, they leave us scratching our heads more often than not. Now, it seems that an old trend is resurfacing that should have been put to rest by now, as the US Food and Drug Administration “wasn’t common sense anymore.
The FDA shared guidelines for social media challenges involving drugs last week in response to a viral TikTok trend involving cooking chicken in NyQuil or similar over-the-counter cough syrups.
The trend made headlines in January, but it’s making the rounds again. A video of @janelleandkate is frequently reposted and joined/doubted, although the original video is no longer available. It seems that it also originated in January. The account is full of weird food combinations, including waffles made with Pepto Bismol and peanut butter steak, so it wouldn’t be surprising to find that “sleeping chicken,” as they called it, had a resurgence thanks to them, but TikTok has ( rightfully so) put a resource list in place of the search results when you search for “Nyquil Chicken”, so it’s not clear who loaded the “food” first.
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The National Capital Poison Center, an independent, nonprofit poison control center, attributes the trend to a Reddit thread from years ago that has inexplicably persisted.
Forget how disgusting the blue-tinted end result looks (and supposedly tastes); The FDA warns of a variety of dangers associated with pouring cough syrup into your pan. For starters, boiling medications can make them much more concentrated. It can also change the properties of the drug, causing unexpected side effects. There is also a risk of inhaling the drug through the fumes while cooking, allowing high levels of the drug to enter your body without you even realizing it, potentially compromising the integrity of your lungs.
NCPC noted how many of the TikToks in question use up to an entire bottle of NyQuil, if not more, meaning the chicken likely absorbs much larger amounts than one person should ingest at once, especially when the alcohol boils and goes. . higher concentrations of active ingredients. Many TikTokers also film themselves pouring excess liquid into the bottle, which could be contaminated with bacteria if you undercook the chicken, as many users appear to do, according to the hub.