Had too much on pancake day? A little charcoal on Ash Wednesday may help that stomach trouble.
As surely as Shrove Tuesday is followed by Ash Wednesday, so the excesses of pancake day might be treated with digestive charcoal.
Back in Victorian times charcoal biscuits were popular for easing stomach trouble. So, if you ate a few too many pancakes last night, they might do you some good too.
Charcoal has traditionally been used to absorb gases in the digestive system, relieving the discomfort caused by indigestion, wind and heartburn. It’s still used by many as an antidote to flatulence today.
Bragg’s began selling the sooty remedy baked into biscuits back in 1879, and still makes the recipe today, though you can now also buy charcoal capsules if you prefer. So, if you feel a little uncomfortable after a little light festivity, the old remedy may well be worth the investment