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Trying something new – drinking Aloe vera

Sunday, 16 February 2014

I love all kinds of weird and wonderful “super foods” that are packed with vitamins and minerals. Chia seeds, quinoa, maca powder and hemp seeds are regular staples in my diet but there are still so many interesting things I haven’t tried yet.

This week I tried drinking aloe vera juice for the first time. I’ve heard that it can have quite a strong and acquired taste (probably just like coconut water), so the aloe vera drinks I tried also had some sweeteners* and fruit juice in it. It’s easier to get used to a new taste that way.

Taj Aloe Vera drinks

Taj Aloe Vera drinks

 

Aloe vera, by the way, has vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, B1, B2, B3, B6 and is one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12. It also contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, and potassium, as well as being packed with amino and fatty acids.

Can you see the 'jelly' cubes? :)

Can you see the ‘jelly’ cubes? :)

It’s a gelatinous plant food just like chia seeds and is very soothing for your digestion and helps to beat bloating. In addition it improves your immunity and is good for your skin. Because it has so many medicinal properties, I need to mention that it’s not suitable for kids under 3 or if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

My first impression of the drinks was – I loved the floaty aloe vera pulp bits. They were like little cubes of jelly and I could totally see how they’d be soothing for my insides :) The taste of the drink was WAY too sweet for me but I’ll just dilute it 50/50 with water in the future.

Have you tried drinking aloe vera? Straight up or in a fruity drink?

A big thank you to Taj Foods for letting me try their Aloe Vera drinks.

*The sweetener listed was glucose and whereas I don’t have a problem with it because our bodies convert most foods into glucose as it’s the main energy source for all our cells, I would have actually liked to know what the actual source for the glucose used in this drink is.

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