If you’re anything like me, you are constantly on the hunt for new healthy juices to add to your diet. I was on one such hunt recently when I stumbled across information on aloe vera juice. Wait. . . isn’t aloe the sunburn plant? I was immediately intrigued.
Obviously, my first question was, “What does aloe vera juice taste like?” Everything I’ve read so far says that aloe vera juice is a bitter, thick liquid with an acidic undertone. It is simple to mix into other drinks such as smoothies and shakes and comes with a host of impressive health benefits.
All those health benefits sounded promising, but I was still a bit concerned about the description of its taste. Some more digging, though, produced some rather interesting results. Here’s what I found.
What does aloe vera juice taste like?
Most people describe aloe vera juice as being bitter, watery, and almost acidic. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound very appetizing to me. Surely, there was some way to make aloe vera juice taste better, or it wouldn’t have been used for centuries.
I found another description that agreed it is bitter, but also a mild, tolerable flavor. That added information cinched it for me. I was going to try aloe vera juice for myself. After all, not all bitter things are bad, right?
My first experience with aloe vera juice wasn’t all that impressive. I definitely got that bitterness everyone was talking about. Aside from that, there was a mild sweetness to aloe juice. To me it was a little like wheatgrass mixed with dandelion greens, two ingredients I’m actually pretty fond of.
The real problem for me was the texture. It was thick and slimy on its own. Right from the start, I knew that I wouldn’t be drinking straight aloe vera juice. Yet, my article would not be complete if I hadn’t at least tried it once. Now I can tell you that this is one ingredient I will be mixing with other juices.
How do you make aloe vera juice taste better?
There are a number of things you can do to make aloe vera juice taste better.
Start with the right stuff
One of the main factors in aloe juice flavor is the age of the plant it came from. Younger aloe shoots taste milder than older plants. If you’re growing your own, it’s easy to choose young plants. If you’re purchasing plain aloe juice from the store, it’s impossible to know what age the plant was. You may be in for a shocking surprise.
Assuming that you’re using fresh aloe in your juice, be sure to select the fattest and juiciest pieces. Limp, shriveled, or brittle aloe will taste terrible.
Choose the best mix-ins
Including acidic fruits in your aloe juice mix will help cut through the bitter flavor and thick texture of aloe gel. Great choices include lemons, limes, and oranges. You can add a little zest to your completed juice too.
Using a cucumber adds a fresh and crisp flavor to aloe juice. It may not completely mask a deep the bitterness of an older plant, but cucumber has a complimentary flavor for bitterness.
Cranberry juice is a surefire way to mask the flavor of aloe if you simply cannot stand it. I wasn’t able to taste the aloe at all when I added sugar-free cranberry juice.
Sweet additions are a classic way to hide a bitter ingredient, this includes aloe juice. Try different types of apples, pears, or even carrots.
If you don’t mind adding sweeteners to your fresh juices, you can try a dab of organic honey, a packet of stevia, or some agave nectar.
A little dab will do ya
The old saying, “A little dab will do ya” comes into play when talking about aloe juice. Aloe vera juice is potent. It’s best not to have more than one or two teaspoons of gel a day. You may be able to increase your intake over time, but don’t jump right into large quantities at first.
It doesn’t take much to reap the benefits of the aloe vera plant. For that reason, instead of making aloe vera the star of your juice, try adding just a small amount to your favorite juice recipes.
Aloe gel is also an excellent addition to any smoothie drink. Its naturally viscous texture is easily hidden in a thick, icy smoothie.
How do you prepare aloe for making juice?
Prepared aloe gel is often available at health food stores. However, I think to get the best possible tasting aloe juice, you should use aloe you’ve grown yourself. The next best thing would be to purchase a live aloe plant for the sole purpose of making aloe juice.
Not every aloe vera variety is edible, so make sure you are purchasing the Chinensis variety.
Wash the aloe vera leaves that you plan to use for your juice. Use warm water and a gentle scrubbing motion to remove any dirt or bacteria.
Next, cut the leaves into 3 to 4-inch sections.
Aloe vera skin should never be consumed. You will need to remove it with a sharp knife. Slice through the skin, stopping when you get to the transparent gelatinous center.
Once the skin is sliced open, you should be able to remove the aloe gel with a spoon. You are now ready to add your gel to your juices!
What are the health benefits of drinking aloe vera juice?
The aloe plant has 75 active components to help your body stay healthy. This incredible superfood contains vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12.
As you may already know, vitamin A, C, and E are all antioxidants. That means they may help fight off heart disease, cancer, and a host of other illnesses. Tsingtao is high in these vitamins, it stands to reason that aloe juice in your diet could help too.
Aloe vera juice contains minerals such as calcium, sodium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and copper. It also has for plant-based fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory qualities. It’s also sad that aloe vera contains pain-relieving components.
One of the biggest draws to consuming aloe juice is how helpful it is as a digestion aid. This may be especially helpful for people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, and other intestinal problems.
Because of all of the vitamins and minerals naturally occurring and aloe gel, adding it to your juices and smoothies is a great way to strengthen your immune system.
I was surprised to learn that consuming aloe gel in smoothies and juices could help lower cholesterol. The National Institutes of Health noted that a daily intake of 10 mL of aloe for 3 months may reduce LDL cholesterol by 18%.
According to one study, consuming aloe may even help fight breast cancer! That alone is an impressive reason to add this amazing food to your healthy diet.
My experience with aloe vera juice was positive enough that I’ve added it to my usual rotation of juices and smoothies. I feel better, look better, and have noticed a marked improvement in many areas of my health.
Of course, you don’t want to just jump into adding aloe gel to your diet without talking to your doctor. As with all things, too much could be bad for you. Not to mention that aloe vera gel in larger amounts might interfere with certain medications or therapies.
It’s worth noting that having live aloe plants in your house for use in your juices and smoothies is a great idea. But not just because of the benefits of ingesting this super plant. The topical medicinal properties of aloe have been well-documented already. Skin health, hair health, it can help with psoriasis, and it’s a miracle for burns of all kinds.
Plus, they just look nice in a window and add some fresh oxygen to your environment! Is there anything aloe can’t do?
Is it safe to drink aloe vera juice? Generally speaking, yes. However raw aloe has a natural chemical called aloin which has a drastic laxative effect. It is found in the skin of the aloe plant and should not be consumed raw. Aloin can cause dehydration, abdominal cramps, and electrolyte imbalance.
Is it safe to give children aloe juice? It is better not to give aloe juice to children without the direction of a physician.