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Coconut ash lattes are better at cleansing your wallet than your body

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Apparently this needs to be said again (and again and probably again) because people are still drinking things like the new “coconut ash latte”.

Maybe you think drinking something that’s black looks cool? Maybe you think that drinking a beverage made with charcoal is somehow healthy? Like if you drink this beverage literally made from burnt stuff you are going to clean your body from the inside out? Who needs a Brita filter when you can just ingest the carbon directly?

To essentially repeat myself; drinking something made from activated charcoal is not a good idea. In addition to being used in water filters, activated charcoal is used in hospitals to treat some types of drug overdoses. The charcoal binds the medications preventing them from being absorbed by the body. Clearly some genius (perhaps after consuming too many recreational drugs) thought, “I know. I’m going make a drink that will just suck up all of the toxins in my body so that I can continue to ingest them without consequence.” The problem with this genius revelation is that activated charcoal doesn’t care if a medication is beneficial or harmful. It’s going to attract medications that you need as well as vitamins and minerals from your diet. It’s indiscriminate between “good” and “bad” substances. One thing’s for sure, at $6.50 USD a pop, this latte will cleanse your wallet in a flash.

Another concern that I have about these beverages is that we don’t know the long-term health consequences of regularly ingesting activated charcoal. There hasn’t been any studies on the effects of these trendy beverages. Probably because it never occurred to any reasonable researcher that anyone would willingly purchase and consume drinks made out of charcoal. My guess would be that it’s not going to be good for you. In addition to to risks caused by loss of minerals and medications, you’re consuming burnt particulate. But, this is merely speculation on my part at this point as the science has yet to catch-up with the absurd trend. Until it does, I would leave the activated charcoal in your water filter and to the physicians in the ERs.

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Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

One thought on “Coconut ash lattes are better at cleansing your wallet than your body

  1. Charcoal shouldn’t be mixed with anything but water 2-3 hours each side

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