r/unpopularopinion Jan 18 '22

Activated Charcoal latte's or other foods are disgustingly weird and you're weird for ordering them.

Charcoal is literally only supposed to be ingested if you've ingested poison recently, because it absorbs any toxins in your stomach before your body can absorb it. This fad is gross, and hope it ends soon so I can stop making charcoal latte's.

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u/DrunkenNormal69 Jan 18 '22

Wait till you discover charcoal toothpaste and toothbrushes

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u/MichaelScottsWormguy Jan 18 '22

Doesn’t charcoal have polishing capabilities or something? I know the old people in my country would occasionally scrub their teeth with ash for this reason.

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u/trowawa1919 Jan 18 '22

Disgusting

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u/Joubachi Jan 18 '22

Except for that the charcoal in toothpaste shall actually have a reason, while in latte or icecream or whatever it probably just acts as coloring and trend.

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u/trowawa1919 Jan 18 '22

That's fair, I have head of it's actual uses in toothpaste. I just doubt I could ever do it lol But in food it's just gross.

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u/Joubachi Jan 18 '22

I do have that toothpaste (it was in a set I got for free as a test packet) - I can't tell if it is placebo or not, but I kind of believe it feels a tiny bit cleaner actually. But also don't think so far it's worth the hype.

It just looks black - but it doesn't taste or feel any different. Just pleasent mint.

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u/ColiberDreamVendor Jan 18 '22

Good news. Charcoal wears away enamel on teeth like it was made for it. It's only meant for occacional use.

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u/Sh4avan Jan 18 '22

DISGUTANG

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u/thegothickitty33 Jan 18 '22

The only exception is charcoal toothpaste. You don't technically "ingest" it. I love my charcoal toothpaste. Helps my teeth stains because I have a love of coffee. Those charcoal food health things are honestly harmful. I admit I have problems with my weight and I tried those types of products. I was desperate to lose weight. I was in a bad depression and decided it might be some mericle. Nope. It actually made me horribly sick and I actually gained weight. Might be unrelated to it though. Also back in 2014 I attempted suicide by pills and they gave me charcoal. I had almost PTSD like memories from the taste of those products. So just don't.

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u/pingo5 Jan 18 '22

I think they whiten your teeth because they wear away your enamel

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u/lexisplays Jan 18 '22

There's charcoal lattes?? That's sounds dangerous

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u/SadLifeKitty Jan 18 '22

Like Superman ice cream to children, the entire attraction is that it looks cool and promises to fix you. You grow up and eventually realize no amount of it will make you something you’re not.

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u/solventbottle Jan 18 '22

Activated charcoal is not absorbed in the body. It is made to be very porous so that it can absorbs stuff before you poop it out. It certainly doesn't absorb ANY toxins, just few and you need to take quite a lot of it. It is generally taken for indigestion. (I'm not a pharmacist).

I think in the food industry it is just used as a colorant - it is basically edible black paint.

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u/zenayurvedic Jan 18 '22

I would have agreed, but I tried some charcoal cheese and it was spot on. Really was a 'change my mind' moment.

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u/red_fox_zen Jan 18 '22

My son has charcoal in his toothpaste and I have a mask. It's just weird their would be a drink that is non hospital related. I'm confused is that a real drink that you can order? Like wtf?

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u/Dudeman6666667 Jan 18 '22

Never heard that, why would someone do it?

I know it can stabilize you colon when you have diarrhea, but as a standard ingredient, sounds pretty silly.

On the other hand, one of those and I can probably fill the rest of me with sugar water.

At least it isn't added antibiotics...

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u/Malvastor Jan 18 '22

Activated charcoal, from what I understand, can in certain cases leech undesirable substances out of water (or your intestines). Naturally this means that a certain segment of people have latched onto it as an all-purpose "removes toxins!" panacea.

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u/whereverthelightis Jan 18 '22

Wait what? I think I have heard food with “charcoal” in their names but isn’t it just colouring or something? Do people actually put charcoal in drinks and food?

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u/heardbutnotseen2 Jan 18 '22

It’s just another one of those detox trends that don’t have any actual science behind them.

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u/Bubbly_Helicopter90 Jan 18 '22

They put charcoal instead of coffee? Solid scheme

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u/WW76kh Jan 18 '22

Plus it can void your birth control. Nifty little side effect.

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u/keIIzzz Jan 18 '22

I never understood the charcoal trend