One of the more common questions asked of Aloe Vera is, “What does aloe juice taste like?” The answer may be in the name of the plant itself. The word “Aloe” is derived from the Arabic term “alloeh”, meaning “shining bitter substance”. The word “Vera” is derived from the word Latin for “truth”, veritas.
What does raw Aloe Vera taste like?
The bitter truth is that the original name may have been because raw Aloe Vera has a bitter, acrid taste. The sweet truth is that the powerful inner gel, with over 200 nutrients, has been used for centuries for its many health benefits both internally and externally.
If you plan to eat your Aloe Vera raw, you’ll find its taste as most others do—slightly on the bitter side, watery, with an acidic yet sweetish bite at the end. If you happen to be growing your own plants, the age factors into the degree of bitterness. Younger shoots tend to taste less bitter than the older ones.
Warning: Raw Aloe Vera contains aloin, a potentially dangerous natural chemical with laxative effects. Learn more about aloin before ingesting raw Aloe Vera.
How to make Aloe Vera Taste Better
The good news is that you do not have to eat Aloe Vera raw to enjoy its many health benefits. There are much easier and very palatable ways to consume Aloe Vera. Whether you’re chugging an aloe-based drink, or making an Aloe digestive smoothie, the fact is there are many recipes for Aloe Vera to choose from
Easy Alternatives to Eating Raw Aloe
Fortunately, there are several alternatives to eating Aloe Vera raw that are both more convenient and free of any dangerous aloin. Find a quality Aloe Vera supplement in capsule form (containing aloe vera gel or dried gel) or Aloe Vera gel extract, or simply Aloe water. As both capsule and extract offers similar effects, which aloe supplement you want is, for the most part, a personal preference. Capsules are convenient form, but some people prefer aloe extract to mix it into smoothies and other foods. You can also add Aloe water into smoothies and drinks.
- Capsules – Easy to take, concentrated, and no taste at all. Busy lifestyles and hectic schedules can make for limited time all around. Aloe vera capsules are a convenient choice for people on the go and still provide all of the amazing benefits of taking raw, organic Aloe Vera.
- Extract – Concentrated gel that’s easy to take or mix into recipes. Extracts save the time it takes to cut, peel and scoop out the gel from aloe leaves. Ready gel can be mixed in with favorite recipes, and is specially processed to remove any potentially dangerous Aloin.
- Aloe Water – Tastes great, refreshing and hydrating. Often comes in several flavors. Aloe water is good to take along to the gym, a jog, on hikes, or at school, the office or home – anywhere and anytime to quench a thirst. As an added bonus, aloe water is delicious as well as good for you!
As with any supplement, several factors should be considered in your decision making process. Check the ingredients and make sure it’s organic Aloe Vera you’re buying. Many Aloe Vera products on the market today contain little and, in some cases, none at all. Also, check the label to make sure the capsules, extract or water is not loaded with any unnecessary fillers or additives.