Welcome to the Craze of Black Food Trend

Yes, the latest trend hitting Instagram is crossing over from rainbow to the dark side. We’re seeing it all over our social media feeds; starting from black ice creams, black burger buns, black croissants, black bagels, black noodles, black macarons, to black detox juices.

What gives these foods their deep dark hue?

Meet activated charcoal, the ingredient behind this black foods concept. Activated charcoal is the byproduct of burning coconut shells, wood, or other plant materials. And don't worry, charcoal made from coconut is harmless, and is different than consuming food that has been charred or burnt.

However, charcoal food isn't really a new concept after all. It’s been popping up on the wellness scene for a few years, with nutritionists and foodies raving about its numerous health benefits, including teeth whitening, digestive cleansing, detoxifying, alleviating skin problems, and even preventing hangovers.

The charcoal is considered “activated” due to its negative charge, which means it supposedly has the capacity to bind positively charged ions (such as chemicals) together, removing them from the body. This property has prompted charcoal to be touted as the latest detox ingredient. In fact, it's long been used in emergency rooms to stop certain cases of acute poisonings or overdoses.

Charcoal works by essentially binding the drug or toxic chemical in the stomach before it can be absorbed by the body, providing an effect like stomach pumping without having to pump your stomach.

So, activated charcoal is not only safe to eat, but also offers some benefits to our body. Yippee, trendy and healthy at the same time!   

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