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Digital Subscriptions > Delicious Magazine > June 2019 > GOOD FOR YOU, BAD FOR YOU OR JUST HYPE? The truth about the charcoal trend

GOOD FOR YOU, BAD FOR YOU OR JUST HYPE? The truth about the charcoal trend

Activated charcoal is the health trend that won’t go away. For years it’s been added to an array of food and drink, served with a promise that it can cleanse the body of toxins and cure many other ills. Is it another harmless Insta-genic food fad or are there darker implications? Sue Quinn absorbs the facts


The inky additive began finding its way into our diets several years ago. Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness website, Goop, cited activated charcoal lemonade as one of “the best juice cleanses to reset with” as far back as 2014 and still offers a recipe for activated charcoal chai. Where Gwyneth leads, the world follows (well, some of it) and charcoal-enhanced, raven-hued bread, crackers, ice cream, croissants and coffee are just a few of the consumables now available, their dark-and-dramatic shades ensuring them a prominent place on Instagram feeds.

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June brings warm sun and a new issue of delicious. packed with even sunnier food. Enjoy fabulous recipes that add a new dimension to barbecue fare, the 5 best Italian sauces for summer, Georgina Hayden’s pack-and-go feast, Jason Atherton’s brilliant pizza recipe and three colourful, fruit-filled pavlovas. Something summery to drink? How about some wonderful homemade elderflower fizz. Plus, don’t miss our easy 5-ingredient midweek recipes that will give you more time to enjoy the light evenings and our special 16-page Collector’s Edition, a guide to eating outside. Hooray for a delicious. summer!