Black charcoal ice cream could affect prescription drugs

Everybody has their go-to ice cream flavor, but how about one that's black as the night?

According to Reader's Digest, black ice cream has seen a surge in popularity in the last few years with an ingredient that's turning a few heads.

It all started when Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream debuted their "Black coconut ash" flavor made with activated charcoal.

This is the same stuff you find in spa soaps and teeth whitening powder.

Turns out, charcoal has detoxifying effects.

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#24 - Malt-O-Meal Corn Bursts Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (31g)

Total sugar: 15g
Calories: 120
Fat: 0g

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#23 - Malt-O-Meal Tootie Fruities Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (32g)

Total sugar: 15g
Calories: 130
Fat: 1g

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#22 - Trader Joe's Low Fat Granola Cereal - Mixed Berry

Serving size: 0.8 cup (55g)

Total sugar: 15g
Calories: 210
Fat: 3g

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#21 - Barbara's Bakery Morning Oat Crunch Vanilla Almond Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (55g)

Total sugar: 15g
Calories: 220
Fat: 3g

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#20 - Nature Valley Chocolate Oat Clusters Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (58g)

Total sugar: 15g
Calories: 240
Fat: 5g

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#19 - Quaker Real Medleys Steel Cut Oatmeal Cranberry Vanilla Almond Cereal

Serving size: 1 package (60g)

Total sugar: 15g
Calories: 240
Fat: 7g

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#18 - Malt-O-Meal Berry Colossal Crunch with Marshmallows

Serving size: 1 cup (30g)

Total sugar: 16g
Calories: 120
Fat: 1.5g

Credit: Malt-O-Meal / amazon.com

#17 - Post Blueberry Morning Selects Cereal

Serving size: 1.3 cup (55g)

Total sugar: 16g
Calories: 220
Fat: 3g

Credit: Post / amazon.com

#16 - Cascadian Farm Organic Dark Chocolate Almond Granola

Serving size: 0.7 cup (60g)

Total sugar: 16g
Calories: 250
Fat: 5g

Credit: Cascadian Farm / amazon.com

#15 - Quaker Real Medleys Steel Cut Oatmeal Apple Pear Pecan Cereal

Serving size: 1 package (60g)

Total sugar: 16g
Calories: 250
Fat: 8g

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#14 - Malt-O-Meal Chocolate Marshmallow Mateys

Serving size: 0.8 cup (30g)

Total sugar: 17g
Calories: 120
Fat: 1g

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#13 - General Mills Total Raisin Bran

Serving size: 1 cup (53g)

Total sugar: 17g
Calories: 160
Fat: 1g

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#12 - Trader Joe's Organic Raisin Bran Clusters

Serving size: 1 cup (55g)

Total sugar: 17g
Calories: 190
Fat: 3g

Credit: Trader Joe's / amazon.com

#11 - Cheerios Protein Oats & Honey Cereal

Serving size: 1.3 cup (55g)

Total sugar: 17g
Calories: 210
Fat: 2.5g

Credit: Cheerios / cheerios.com

#10 - General Mills Oatmeal Crisp Hearty Raisin Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (62g)

Total sugar: 17g
Calories: 230
Fat: 2.5g

Credit: Oatmeal Crisp / amazon.com

#9 - Jenny Craig Frosted Oats Cereal

Serving size: 1 individual pack (43g)

Total sugar: 18g
Calories: 170
Fat: 1g

Credit: Jenny Craig / jennycraig.com

#8 - Nature Valley Protein Mixed Berry Crunch Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (58g)

Total sugar: 18g
Calories: 270
Fat: 4g

Credit: Nature Valley / amazon.com

#7 - Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal + Maple Pecan Raisin Cereal

Serving size: 1 package (70g)

Total sugar: 18g
Calories: 270
Fat: 7g

Credit: Quaker / amazon.com

#6 - Post Raisin Bran Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (59g)

Total sugar: 19g
Calories: 190
Fat: 1g

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#5 - Quaker Real Medleys Supergrains Oatmeal + Banana Walnut Cereal

Serving size: 1 package (70g)

Total sugar: 19g
Calories: 280
Fat: 8g

Credit: Quaker / amazon.com

#4 - Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal + Peach Almond Cereal

Serving size: 1 package (75g)

Total sugar: 19g
Calories: 290
Fat: 7g

Credit: Quaker / amazon.com

#3 - Malt-O-Meal Raisin Bran Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (59g)

Total sugar: 20g
Calories: 200
Fat: 1g

Credit: Malt-O-Meal / amazon.com

#2 - Cream of Wheat Cinna Apple Walnut Hot Cereal - To-Go Cup

Serving size: 1 Container (65g)

Total sugar: 22g
Calories: 260
Fat: 4g

Credit: Cream of Wheat / amazon.com

#1 - Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal + Apple Walnut Cereal

Serving size: 1 package (75g)

Total sugar: 22g
Calories: 290
Fat: 8g

Credit: Quaker / amazon.com

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When we eat it, the porous bits of charcoal draw toxins out of the body.

Though that might sound great, according to Reader's Digest, charcoal could also tamper with our uptake of prescription drugs and vitamin supplements, including birth control.

Gastroenterologist Patricia Raymond told Women's health, charcoal absorbs these drugs too possibly making them ineffective.

So should we worry if our next meal comes with a little charcoal?

Nutritionist Elissa Goodman told Eater.com, keep it in moderation: "When you're feeling bad, its great to use. When you're healthy, you don't need it."

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