Whenever a new challenge surfers TikTok, people go crazy and can’t get enough of it. TikTok is a video-based social media app that’s been downloaded more than 800 million times around the world. It’s increasingly popular with kids – but hasn’t made the same splash with adults, which means that kids are often consuming unsafe content on the app without their parents having any idea. The ‘Salt Challenge’ is no exception. Also Read - TikTok Star-Turned-BJP Leader Sonali Phogat Caught on Camera Hitting Man With Slipper Before Police, Video Goes Viral
This challenge can prove worse than PUBG or the Skull Breaker challenge, leaving Netizens horrified. Widely referred to as the ‘Salt Challenge’, sees teens pouring salt directly into their mouths from the container down their throats. Several videos of teens and adults taking up the challenge are going viral on social media and experts have warned that it can have terrible side effects, leading to stroke and fatalities. Also Read - #BlackLivesMatter Suffers Huge Blow as White Teens Mimic Black Man's Gruesome Murder in TikTok's 'George Floyd Challenge'
In one video, TikTok user Landon poured a huge amount into his mouth, before spitting it out and gagging. The user captioned video, “Someone else try this”. A TikTok user shared a video of ‘Salt Challenge’ with the caption, “Just being professional at work. Should I try a cup of salt?” Another TikTok user, who goes by the name of Jonathan, attempted the challenge and captioned his video, “Salt challenge! This was disgusting.” Also Read - Viral Video: Kerala Autorickshaw Driver Grabs 2.1 Million Views on TikTok For in-Built Handwashing Dispensers
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While the trend seems like a prank, overconsumption of salt may have harmful side effects on the body. According to Mirror Online’s reports, Dr Simran Deo was quoted, “As a doctor, I would strongly recommend hat people do not participate in this activity. Eating too much salt is very bad for your health both immediately and in the long run.” Adding that, too must of salt intake can prove poisonous. The rise in sodium levels can lead to seizures or coma.