ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A month after a Virginia teen went into a coma after chugging soy sauce on a dare, New Mexico's Poison & Drug Information Center says it has gotten reports linked to similar food challenges here.
There have been cases of teens and these Youtube food challenges.
By now, most people have heard of the cinnamon challenge—try to eat a tablespoon of cinnamon without getting sick.
It is one of many Youtube the experts say teens right here in New Mexico are trying.
"It was really just like a dare," said Kenny Gonzalez about the time he did the cinnamon challenge. "That's how most of them start out, just a dare."
A dare like the one to drink a quart of soy sauce that sent a 19-year-old man from Virginia to the hospital last month in a sodium-induced coma.
Soy sauce, a gallon of milk, lemons—anything in excess.
New Mexico's Poison & Drug Information Center says it is hard to track exactly how many calls they get as a result of these challenges but that it is a danger here.
"The specialist who answered the phone indicated they had received a fair amount of calls about cinnamon ingestion," said Jacqueline Kakos, health educator at NM Poison & Drug Information Center.
Kakos said the most important thing to remember is that anything can be poisonous if someone takes too much of it.
Just ask the ones who know firsthand.
"I started choking. It was really bad," Gonzales said.
He didn't end up in the hospital but after trying the cinnamon challenge a few years ago, he says he's learned his lesson.
"It's immature. It's really immature for people to do that stuff," he said.
The Poison Center suggests parents talk to their kids as young as 8 years old about the dangers of these food challenges.
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