Pitch-black foods, juices, and face masks have been sweeping the Internet for quite some time now. And just when you thought you'd seen it all, charcoal is finally making its way into the world of frozen yogurt.
Twisted Yoghurt, an Australian frozen yogurt brand, is the first to serve this unique concoction, according to Trend Hunter. The new flavor is made with Greek yogurt and is loaded with activated charcoal, thought to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, flushing them out so the body doesn't reabsorb them. (Related: 8 Simple Ways to Detox Your Body)
But before you think about going on some insane froyo detox, it's important to note that there aren't many studies showing that activated charcoal is good for you. "Even though activated charcoal is very porous and can bind toxic substances in the gastrointestinal tract, it isn't absorbed by your body," Jennie Miremadi, M.S., an integrative clinical nutritionist in Los Angeles told us in Charcoal Ice Cream Is Actually a Thing. "So unless activated charcoal actually encounters toxins in your gastrointestinal tract, it isn't likely to rid your body of toxins," she says.
She continued by adding that: "Because of its binding capabilities, activated charcoal may potentially diminish the nutritive value of foods. It could bind to the nutrients, which then may prevent your body from absorbing them. In one study, activated charcoal was added to apple juice and reduced the levels of vitamin C, niacin, vitamin B, thiamine, and biotin in the juice."
Bottom line? Activated charcoal isn't the health hero it's hyped up to be. May we suggest these superfood ice cream flavors instead?