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10 TikTok Health Trends to Avoid

While some of these trends are just silly, others can have dangerous side effects. The next time you're scrolling through TikTok, be sure to skip these 10 ideas.

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TikTok is filled with influencers showcasing nutrition and health information — but much of it is sensationalized and sometimes even downright dangerous. Here are 10 TikTok trends you should avoid.

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Putting Garlic in Your Nose

Numerous TikTokers have been sticking garlic cloves inside their nostrils claiming it can clear your sinuses and get rid of a stuffy nose. One TikToker even claimed that doing this isn’t dangerous! However, sticking a fresh garlic clove up your nostril can have dangerous health consequences. The garlic contains natural oils that can irritate the skin around the nose. Plus, you can get the garlic clove lodged in your nostril, which can lead to a nasal obstruction and, even worse, a trip to the emergency room! Instead, enjoy a clove or two of garlic with your food — not up your nose! Garlic does have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and even small amounts of numerous nutrients and help enhance the flavor of many dishes.

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Steeping Lettuce in Water

TikTok influencers have been steeping romaine lettuce in hot water (and sometimes adding a little peppermint tea) claiming it will help you sleep. However, there is very little scientific evidence that this trick works as a sleep aid. This claim stemmed from one study that looked at the extract derived from romaine lettuce that is involved in the metabolism of sleep. That does not mean you can jump to a conclusion that steeping romaine lettuce leaves in water will put you to bed. Although doing this isn’t dangerous per se, it just seems like a waste of a crispy piece of lettuce that can be used for more delicious purposes.

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Freezing Honey

Another interesting TikTok trend has been named "Honey Jelly," or "Honey Challenges," by influencers. This challenge has you pouring honey or corn syrup into a small plastic bottle, adding flavor or color from candy or a powdered drink mix, then freezing it. It can also be done with just plain honey. Once it’s frozen, you squeeze the partially frozen concoction directly into your mouth and chew it until it melts. Because honey and corn syrup are so high in sugar, they won’t completely freeze, which results in a chewable, jelly-like substance that has amazed TikTokers. According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, much of the U.S. population overconsumes added sugar, which is recommended to be less than 10% of your total calories. Instead of popping added sugar in your mouth, try freezing fresh berries or grapes for a more nutritional frozen snack.

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