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Charcoal Craze: From Charcoal Croissants to Charcoal Toothpaste

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  • The inclusion of an activated charcoal croissant on the menu at a popular London eatery is just one of the latest offerings in the charcoal craze, which has already produced other charcoal-laced foods, as well as personal care products like deodorants, soaps and toothpastes
  • Given its absorptive abilities and long history of successful use, there is no doubt activated charcoal is beneficial for detoxification when administered by medical professionals
  • The downside of activated charcoal is that it acts indiscriminately, attracting and removing not only toxic compounds, but beneficial ones as well, making it unsafe to take in combination with medications and supplemental vitamins and minerals
  • Experts agree the use of activated charcoal as a toothpaste can do more harm than good due to its abrasive nature; if you are interested in whitening your teeth, try coconut oil instead
  • Research is underway to develop a special form of activated charcoal to eliminate antibiotics from your large intestine while protecting your beneficial gut bacteria

By Dr. Mercola

A London eatery called Coco di Mama is jumping on the charcoal bandwagon with its offer of a charcoal-laced croissant they describe as a "vegan delight." Below is an excerpt from their website:

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