I had a question from a reader regarding Aloe Vera. She wanted to know if there was a big difference between Aloe Vera Gel or Juice and could Gel be used as a replacement to the juice in certain mixes.
My initial response was Gel is just as good as the Juice depending on which brand you purchase.
I decided to dig a little deeper into this and came across this article/blog posted on the Whole Foods site. The article is mainly referencing Aloe Vera in terms of digesting, but it doesn't matter.
This is also speaking about a particular brand of Aloe Vera Juice/Gel, but when looking at different vitamin sites for Aloe Vera Juice and Gel, I noticed the Carrageenan being the main difference in ingredients.
To Juice or Gel, you ask?
Aloe vera gel is actually made from the aloe vera juice by adding a food grade thickening agent called carrageenan, which is a naturally occurring sea kelp/Irish moss. They are almost equally effective because the 365 Everyday Value® Aloe juice products contain 99.7% aloe vera, while the gel products contain 99.5% aloe vera. Juice products are typically made for dietary supplement purposes, while gel products are more commonly used for topical application, though they can be orally ingested and may be soothing to your throat, stomach, and digestive tract.
So, basically the Gel isn't that much different than the juice. The main difference is the added carrageenan. See below for an ingredient listings for Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice and Gel.
I also, came to the conclusion that I will be switching brands of Aloe Vera. Instead of using Fruit of the Earth, I will now be using Lily of the Desert. Lily of the Desert seems more "organic" and pure to me.
Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel Ingredients:
Other Ingredients: Certified Organic whole leaf aloe vera leaves, carrageenan (thickening agent), less than 1% of the following: citric acid (oxidation inhibitor), potassium sorbate (mold inhibitor). Contains 99.5% certified organic aloe vera gel
Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice Ingredients:
Other Ingredients: Certified Organic aloe vera leaves, less than 1% of the following: citric acid (oxidation inhibitor), potassium sorbate (mold inhibitor). Contains 99.7% certified organic aloe vera juice
Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Juice Ingredients:
Natural Aloe Vera Gel , Citric Acid , Sodium Benzoate
Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel Ingredients:
Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Gel, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Carbomer 940, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea
Lily of the Desert can be found at most vitamin stores such as Whole Foods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, or online at places like VitaCost.
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