Be Ready for Questions About the Activated Charcoal "Health" Trend

Activated charcoal is cropping up in unusual places...toothpastes, face masks, topical cleansers, drinks, oral supplements, etc.

The idea is that activated charcoal binds various substances...which is loosely based on its role in treating acute poisoning.

Some products are now claiming this black ingredient can whiten teeth and freshen breath...treat acne or soothe irritated skin...or be used orally to "detox" or prevent hangovers.

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