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Activated Charcoal Latte

Does It Make You Slim?

Is a question asked me someone, after the person saw the I began blog with scientific topics. This someone apparently got a lot of ads for activated charcoal latte, which is also called Black Latte here in Germany.
A few months ago, when I got the question, I went on PubMed and searched for papers regarding this topic…
Tl;dr I didn’t find any! 😀
However this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any. And in no case it means that it doesn’t.

A picture of an empty coffee cup, which didn't contain Activated Charcoal Latte
A picture of a coffee cup I took. The beverage was coffee, not activated charcoal latte however

But! It seems, that there is some evidence from around the 80s and 90s, that activated charcoal can reduce LDL-cholesterol (the bad one) in patients with high blood cholesterol(10.1016/S0140-6736(86)90054-1). Neuvonen et al even postulated a mechanism behind this effect(10.1111/j.1365-2362.1989.tb00226.x).

Sounds nice doesn’t it? Maybe not as nice as getting slim, but still nice. Well… Unless you consider some of the adversary effects of it. According to webMD it can e.g. cause constipation and reduce the absorption of some nutrients. So you probably shouldn’t take it, including activated charcoal latte, as a regular supplement, unless your doctor tells you to.

Huh… Short post today? It seems so. 🙂 If you like this format (and also if not), please tell me! And if you have a question, just ask me. I’ll do my best in answering it.

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