I think it’s safe to say that charcoal infused food is one of the biggest food trends of 2018. Everywhere I turn, from recipe sites, to Instagram food bloggers, and trendy cafes, I see charcoal infused food. Chefs and foodies alike are becoming quite creative with their activated charcoal use, and so far I’ve seen charcoal ice cream, burger buns, pancakes, and smoothie bowls. Of course I wanted to be part of the craze, so I ordered Organika activated charcoal powder online and have had so much fun incorporating this powder into banana ice cream, and now most recently, oats!
Simply put, activated charcoal is just charcoal that has been activated, or oxidized at high temperatures. Remember, activated charcoal is NOT the same charcoal used in your barbecue grill! Do not get these two substances confused. Barbeque charcoal (charcoal briquette) is a fuel for cooking that is filled with toxins and chemicals, and thus, should most definitely not be added and consumed in your foodie creations.
Regarding taste, I haven’t noticed any taste difference upon adding activated charcoal to my food. Nevertheless, it does give a cool colour and offer various health benefits. After some research, I found that activated charcoal can: