People are putting charcoal in their drinks and loving it. Really, it's a thing. Not, like, charcoal you use to grill cheeseburgers, but ~activated~ charcoal. Activated charcoal is made from coal, wood, or other substances that are heated at super-high temperatures, leaving behind charcoal that's extra porous so it can better trap toxins and chemicals. Last year, it was popular in juices (which is surprisingly better than it sounds) and now, it's a popular way to filter water. Charcoal is basically is the OG Brita.
In a recent GrubStreet article, writer Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy gave activated charcoal a try after looking for an alternative to Brita filters due to the use of plastic and cost of new filters every other month. O'Shaughnessy found the charcoal - which is literally just a piece of charcoal in a water pitcher - to be great. She said it tasted like filtered tap water tends to taste, but there was no residue or black dots like plastic filters sometimes leave.
It's kind of weird to think activated charcoal could be so powerful, but *~sCiEnCe~*. The charcoal absorbs metal and removes chlorine from water, while releasing alkali ions, which makes the water less acidic. The charcoal stick lasts for around four months and you can boil it every three weeks to give it a refresh.
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