If you don’t know about the liquid nitrogen “Dragon Breath” snack fad, chances are, your kids do—and parents should get to know more about it, too. The U.S. Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) recently issued an alert, cautioning against the consumption of foods that contain added liquid nitrogen. Even though liquid nitrogen is non-toxic, it’s use comes with risks.

Whether it’s at a carnival or mall kiosk, at some point your kiddo is likely to run into a liquid nitrogen-infused food product, sometimes called Dragon’s Breath, Heaven’s Breath or Nitro. Even though this foggy food fad seems cool (literally and figuratively), the fad comes with some pretty serious warnings.

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❄️Ice ice baby❄️ . 🐲This smokey treat is called Dragon’s Breath. It’s a colorful corn cereal treat frozen with liquid nitrogen at −320°F, drizzled with a white chocolate syrup🍫 . 🐉Super fun treat. But it’s pretty tasteless, think of a cheese puff minus the cheese. . ☃️Also, the extreme temperature at which is frozen may cause burns so, make sure you blow on them before eating. . . . . . — #dragonsbreath #nitrogen #asianfood #dessert #miami #chocolate #lovefood #instafood #eatingfortheinsta #foodpics #munchies #foodblogger #feedme #eatitright #foodgram #eeeeeats #foodstagram #miamifoodie #Buzzfeast #cheatmeal #yummy #nom #cheatday #PHAAT #sprinkles #icecream #desserts #caramel

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According to the FDA’s website, there is the “potential for serious injury from eating, drinking, or handling food products prepared by adding liquid nitrogen at the point of sale, immediately before consumption.”

So what type of injuries can liquid nitrogen cause? If mishandled, liquid nitrogen can cause serious skin damage. It can also cause damage to internal organs (if ingested or even breathing problems if inhaled.

While people with asthma are at a greater risk for breathing problems related to inhalation of this substance, anyone can have respiratory damage or difficulty after breathing the vapors in before eating foods treated with liquid nitrogen.

The FDA recommends that anyone who has been injured by the substance consult a healthcare professional pronto. If you, your child or another family member has already been injured by liquid nitrogen, you can also report the adverse effects to the FDA via their MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: DragonsBreathWorld via Instagram

 

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