Why people reckon you should try a charcoal latté

Would you try it?

The latest health trend to sweep Instagram is the charcoal latte – a beverage made from activated charcoal with hot milk or milk substitute. 

Activated charcoal is used in cases of poisoning or drug overdoses because it binds to the toxin and allows it to be eliminated from the body. 

capsules of activated charcoal
Capsules of activated charcoal can be used in medicine.

The belief is that drinking charcoal lattes detoxifies your body and cleans out your digestive system. However, many experts say that our liver and kidneys do a fantastic job all on their own and this detox is just a gimmick. They also warn that the charcoal may also remove medications, healthy fats and nutrients, which could pose some serious health risks.

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