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Subject: Why activated carbon is used as filter and deodor
Content: These days, activated charcoal is the darling on the wellness scene- finding its way into everything from whitening toothpastes and skincare products, to beverages, baked goods, and ice creams. It’s been around for a long time, of course, but its use in such a wide range of products is pervasive, as of late.   Purported to bring users clear skin, sparkling smiles, and unparalleled “cleansing” benefits, it certainly sounds like the cure-all we’ve all been waiting for.   But are there any credibility to these claims, or is  carbon pellets  just another snake oil scheme?The Department of Health is enforcing a ban on activated charcoal in foods in New York City per a rule instituted by the FDA, so I’m also left to wonder: is it even safe to eat?   Technically known as activated carbon, activated charcoal is a highly porous substance that attracts and holds chemicals inside it.   Made from various organic substances with high carbon contents, such as coconut husks, peat , coal, or bone char, it is first heated at a high temperature to become charcoal, and then oxidized – which is how the substance becomes “activated.” The activation process is what creates its massive surface area, creating numerous pores that just love attracting chemicals.   Its propensity for sucking up chemicals, much like a sponge,  landed it onto the medical scene in the 19th century and has been used for medicinal purposes ever since.  granular activated carbon manufacturer  It has been used for the treatment of accidental poisoning, drug overdoses, and to treat the kid who drank too much at his first frat party in college.   For the same reason, activated charcoal is also used as a filter and deodorizer; maybe you have a countertop compost container that utilizes a carbon filter, or you might have a carbon filter in your home air purifier.