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What do I have to look out for with activated charcoal?

Our Swiss offshoot the largest activated carbon producer in the world has around 150 different types on offer. Quite a lot. First, these can be divided into three main groups: 

  • Powder activated carbon (PAC)

  • Granulated activated carbon (GAC)

  • Extruded activated carbon

In the second step, the area of application is selected. Since the aim here is to make your own food creations, the granulated and extruded activated charcoal will be put on hold.

The Powder activated carbon (PAC) can be used in particular for the following fields of application:

  • Air purification

  • Processing of chemicals and catalysts

  • food and beverages

  • drug

  • Water treatment

We are slowly getting closer to it. Very important if you do your own research (!) Activated charcoal is also used to decolorize food or for cleaning - such activated charcoal is not suitable for conjuring up food creations. 

What is then certainly important, the finer the grain size, the better. Especially for smoothies or black water. The grain size is given in D10, D50, D90. That stands for the particle size distribution. You may know from the statistics lectures. Ultimately, it means, for example, if D10 has a value of 0.63 µm “Trouble”, that 10% of the grains / particles are smaller than 0.63 µm “Trouble”. So important for you: The smaller the “effort” value, the better!

We would recommend using vegetable activated charcoal. Among the vegetable coals there is bamboo, olive pits, coconut shells & normal wood. What we learned is that regular wood and coconut shells “Tends” would have the highest adsorption values. Important for you: use vegetable activated charcoal for food creations.

If your buying activated charcoal powder for teeth whitening, be sure to look at the ingredients. Lots of powders (of course not ours (!)) have many additives that you are guaranteed not to want in your food. So a bit of caution is advised. We therefore recommend: Do not use any activated charcoal from cosmetics for food creations.

So, we hope that you now know what to look out for with activated charcoal for food. We wish you all the best with your creations. We look forward to your feedback.

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