Charcoal lemonade has been gracing the internet for the past year or so. You may have even noticed it on juice shelves in the grocery store. Activated charcoal adds very little taste to whatever it is added to, so your lemonade will still taste like lemonade.
Store bought lemonade can cost as much as $10 for a 16 ounce bottle, but you can make it at home for just pennies.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a food grade charcoal made with coconut, peat or wood that has been heated with a gas that creates internal pores making it highly absorbent. It is frequently used in emergency rooms to treat drug overdoses or poisoning cases. Activated charcoal has a negative charge, when ingested it makes its way through your body trapping toxins and flushing them through your body.
Charcoal is a strong detoxifier that binds to toxins in the body and flushes them out. Try activated charcoal in your lemonade one or two times per week.
Cautions with activated charcoal
It’s important to know that charcoal will also affect the absorption of supplements and medications. So if you are on medication I’d pass on this recipe.
Do not take within two hours of medication, supplements, or meals as it affects their absorption as well.
Charcoal will turn your tongue and your bowel movements black.
Consuming too much charcoal can cause constipation due to its high absorption properties.
Charcoal Lemonade Recipe
4 C. water
2 organic lemons, squeezed
1 tsp. activated food grade charcoal
2 T. Lakanto, or sweeten to taste
Mix all ingredients in pitcher and stir still combined. Refrigerate. Drink immediately or you can store it in the fridge up to five days.