As internet food trends go, this one checks all the boxes. It’s visual, it’s dramatic and it’s made-for-Instagram. (Isn’t everything today?) And it can also send you to ER. The
Most desserts are dangerous only to your waistline, like Death by Chocolate. But Dragon Breath can leave you with a singed tongue. As it becomes popular among street food fans and those dining in rarefied restaurants dishing out ‘molecular gastronomy /deconstructivist cooking’, doctors are seeing a rise in cases of burns by Dragon Breath. Says a doctor in the city, “I have seen over 10 burn cases due to Dragon Breath in the last two and a half months. The most commonly reported symptoms are burnt tongues and numbness in the mouth.’’
Saha agrees that it requires careful consumption. “Dragon Breath gets its name because the cereal balls dipped in liquid nitrogen start smoking when they are at room temperature. Since it looks like those eating it are letting out smoke through their nose and mouth, thus the name,” says a culinary expert.
Explains Dr. Poornachandra KS, Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist at
And this is why the internet food fad is worrying doctors.
Says Dr.Tallam Prem Kumar, Sr. Consultant Physician, Sagar Hospitals, “Liquid nitrogen exists in a liquid state at temperatures between minus 196 and minus 320 degrees, which is beyond the temperature tolerance levels of human beings. Due to its cryogenic features, it has been used in the packaged food industry. Also, it is not new in the culinary industry. Chefs have been using it to add some interest to their offerings. It is assumed that they take all precautions so that the consumer is not harmed.”
However, liquid nitrogen-infused desserts has to be consumed them with care, advise doctors. Says Dr Tallam Prem Kumar, “The ill effects of such desserts far outweigh the presumed novelty of it. Ingestion of liquid nitrogen can cause severe damage to the mouth, oesophagus, and stomach. If inhaled, it can cause asphyxiation. All those people who suffer from any form of asthma should avoid such fads.”
Liquid nitrogen can also cause
Doctors warn that repeated consumption can lead to long-term repercussion on one’s health. “Liquid nitrogen cools whatever it comes in contact with and is used in medical practice to destroy tissues. When it comes in direct contact with tissues or is consumed in the liquid state, it can even burn one’s mouth,” adds Dr Sunil Christopher, consultant physician, Internal Medicine, Sagar Hospitals.
Doctors also say that liquid nitrogen is used by dermatologists for a variety of cosmetic purposes. Warns Dr Christopher said, “ It is advisable to avoid excessive consumption of such internet food fads.’’
Pavithra N Raj, chief dietician,
Dragon Breath may hit chia pudding out of the park on the hipster scale, but it would be more apt if this dessert were called Smoke and Mirrors.
Liquid nitrogen is dangerous if not handled properly. It can cause frostbite or cryogenic burns if used or spilled in a confined space.
It can cause injury to body tissues due to exposure to extreme cold, typically affecting the nose, fingers, or toes and often resulting in gangrene.
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