Is activated charcoal worth the hype?

Consumer Reports looks into the product's claim that activated charcoals can remove toxins from the body.

Curious about the recent trend in food, health and beauty? It’s called activated charcoal.
It’s used in emergency rooms as an antidote for some drug overdoses and poisons, but now some
activated charcoal supplements claim to remove toxins in a similar way, but they’re not
necessary because the body detoxes itself. The body already has organs such as the kidneys and
liver to filter out impurities.
And though activated charcoal in small doses has no known significant risks, as Consumer
Reports has previously reported, supplements are regulated much more loosely than FDA-
approved drugs, and they don’t necessarily contain what’s advertised on the label.
Recently, other consumer charcoal products have come on the market -- face washes, soaps
and masks. But there's little published scientific evidence to suggest that activated charcoal
helps these products work better than products without.

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