People are putting activated charcoal in absolutely everything lately - from ice cream to toothpaste (it allegedly gives you pearly whites!).
With that in mind, we can't say we're surprised by the fact that people have started putting the black powder in coffee.
That's right, folks; the charcoal latte is here, and mermaid/ unicorn coffee never looked so boring.
The weirdest part? These drinks actually don't contain any caffeine: rather, swirls of charcoal are mixed with creamy milk to create a frothy morning beverage that is guaranteed to put a pep in your step.
Activated charcoal is thought to have a “detox effect” that will banish stomach bloat and calm any irritations - sounds good to us.
According to Jodie Brandman, a nutritional therapist who wrote an article about its benefits for the Huffington Post UK: “Studies have shown that activated charcoal can be very effective at reducing intestinal gas, and that a daily intake could also protect against certain cardiovascular issues.
“The substance is thought to additionally support the adrenal glands, and prevent damage to the liver and kidneys.”
This black latte is being sold in trendy coffee shops all over the world, but it happens to be very easy to recreate from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Check out this easy little recipe for charcoal lattes, and let us know what you think:
What you'll need:
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon food-grade activated charcoal
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
What you'll do:
1. In a small pot on medium heat, add all ingredients.
2. Whisk mixture until the milk begins to froth.
3. Add to mug and enjoy warm.
4. Optional: Mix all ingredients and pour in a glass over ice - summer loving.