Aloe Vera My Life

“Aloe vera juice?!?!”

“I did not know this even existed!”

“Aloé is the stuff I put on my skin. Why are you drinking it?”

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Alō is not the only company out there that produces an aloe vera juice drink, as there are a few other major manufacturers that produce aloe vera juice. Often, these aloe vera drinks can be found out grocery stores, such as Whole Foods Market, Alfalfa’s, and Natural Grocers. I have always been able to find aloe vera drinks at these retailers, but some King Soopers locations should also carry this delicious drink.

I was first introduced to this drink about five years ago. Since then, I have been hooked on it.

I am a bit biased, seeing that I love juice and find myself always craving juice, even at the ripe age of 22. While the juice is referred to as a “aloe vera juice drink,” it only contains 25% juice. So, if you find yourself questioning why you feel too old to be drinking a “juice drink,” only remind yourself that you are only 25% too old to be purchasing a juice drink. This drink, while it caters to my sweet tooth, may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I admit for a drink that is a non-GMO, aloin-free, and gluten-free, can be too sweet to those who have not tried the drink before. Honestly, the fact that it is so naturally sweet and is able to curb my sugar tooth cravings is why I am such a big fan of it.

Other than the mild sweet flavor that accompanies the drink, the juice also contains chunks of aloe vera, which is probably my favorite part of the drink. The texture of aloe vera is almost like a gummy bear, or anything gummy. For those who have tried boba balls in their drink, aloe vera has a very similar texture. The taste of the aloe vera is subtle and not overwhelming at all, but the texture of the chunks of aloe vera seem to sometimes throw people off. For some, the texture of the aloe vera chunks is a deal breaker, but for me, it sealed the deal. Now, I cannot imagine a world without this aloe vera juice drink.

My favorite flavor of the drink is the mangosteen and mango flavor, but they have an assortment of flavors that range from aloe + honey to an assortment of fruit flavors derived from aloe vera. My second favorite flavor of this drink is the simple aloe vera + honey flavor, which may cater to the tastebuds of the more simplistic crowd. The aloe vera + honey flavor is much simpler, and as a result, a pinch less sweet than the aloe vera + mangosteen + mango flavor. My third favorite flavor is the aloe vera + watermelon + peach flavor. I am not the biggest fan of anything that is usually watermelon flavored, so I was hesitant about trying the flavor, but I became a big fan very quickly. The peach juice and the watermelon juice compliment each other very nicely, without overwhelming your tastebuds with a full palette of sweetness.

(Do not worry – this drink does not contain any artificial flavors, preservatives, or coloring! This applies to all the diverse flavors of the drink!)

This drink is great for curbing your sugar cravings, especially when water and tea do not seem to be cutting it and seem boring. It is a great alternative to the sugary juice drinks that you find in your local grocery store aisles, which is a great way to begin cutting out a lot of that junk out of your daily diet. Trust me, though, I know how good juice tastes, especially when it is full of sugar. I can chug an entire gallon of any juice in a matter of an hour, sometimes faster.

I admit that purchasing this drink has left a dent in my wallet, as it is not the cheapest drink in the market. I have yet to find a way to purchase this aloe vera drink in bulk, rather than having to buy the drink individually, which obviously adds up. As a young adult on a college budget, I can say that this kind of healthy goodness does not come cheap. I suppose for me healthy goodness comes at the price of $3.74 a bottle, plus tax.

To complain about the steep prices of this glorious drink would be a waste of time, as it serves as a source of a comfort “drink” for myself. If it means that in order to be comfortable, happy, and healthy, I MUST PAY $3.74 FOR SOME MOMENTARY HAPPINESS AND ETERNAL BLISS, I WILL TAKE IT.

Consumption of aloe vera serves as more than just a great drink, as its’ consumption has many health benefits. Beyond the fact that aloe vera contains alkalinity, which is great for kicking illness and staying healthy, it assists in liver functioning and constipation, it contains a wide variety of vital vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin B, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and folic acid, and it is great detoxing product. In addition to all these benefits, consumption and use of aloe vera products can have major beauty benefits, such as clearer skin, more hydrating skin, etc. For vegans and vegetarians, aloe vera juice can be a great way to get a handful of nutritious boosts, without having to break their bank and their dietary guidelines.

The great part about this drink is that it truly caters to just about everyone’s nutritional choices, without offending anyone. While only containing 70 calories, drinking aloe vera juice does far more good than bad, confirming that it is worth every cent, penny, nickel, quarter, half-dollar, and dollar that I spend on this “expensive commodity.”

“Treat yourself,” they tell me. So, I do with some thirst quenching aloe vera juice.

What are your favorite “non-adult beverages” that you love to indulge in? Let me know in the comments below.

If you have tried aloe vera juices, what are your opinions on the juice and what is your favorite brands?

Stay hydrated, my friends.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

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