Does drinking activated charcoal have any health benefits? The Doctors weigh in on the trend of adding charcoal to your coffee, which some claim can help you detoxify.
The Doctors explain the trend is to add activated charcoal to coffee drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, and coffee but is this trend a buzz or a bust? Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra says activated charcoal is also popular with beauty products and can allegedly remove impurities and cleanses the skin. She also notes that it can be used to absorb prescription medications in overdose incidents. But, Dr. Batra questions if there is any evidence or research that it can be used in foods to purify or detox the body.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says, "Unless you have overdosed on drugs or something you need out of your system. What is the point?... this is a bust to me." He goes on to say it is possible if you are consuming activated charcoal that it can affect the medications and vitamins you are taking through absorbing them and possibly making them less effective.
The Doctors also explain that some people believe activated charcoal can help to counter the effects of alcohol, but they note the alcohol would have already been absorbed and processed by the body.
"There is a place for activated charcoal, but I don' think it's in your coffee," Dr. Travis adds.