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September 1, 2009

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Aloe Drink

The flavors of Alo Original Aloe Drink. Photography by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: An all-natural line of aloe juice drinks.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Exciting flavors, moderate calories (50-60 per 8-ounce serving) and real health benefits—packed with vitamins and enzymes, it promotes a healthy digestive system and helps the absorption of nutrients.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Flavor, versatility (cocktail mixer, smoothie, frozen as popsicles), fun!

Say "Allo" To Aloe Vera Juice: Alo Original Aloe Drink

CAPSULE REPORT: Most people know about aloe vera. It’s an attractive succulent plant that’s often kept on the kitchen windowsill because  its sap is soothing to burns and cuts. With numerous purported medicinal properties, it’s a top-selling nutritional supplement in health food stores. The plant, which likely originated in Africa, is cultivated throughout the world.

In Asia, the same gel-like sap is also made into foods—yogurt, desserts and beverages. Many of the aloe drinks are absolutely delightful—juicy and fruity, with fun, chewy pulp (very different from orange juice pulp). The challenge has been that they’ve been limited to Asian grocery distribution.

Now, through an arrangement with Ito-en, maker of the Top Pick Teas' Tea line of bottled drinks that have wide distribution in premium food markets, you’ll be seeing more of Alo Original Alo Drink (it’s also available online). It’s a better sweet drink for kids, who will love the floating pieces of aloe pulp and the groovy colors, and it’s hip and sophisticated for adults. Alo is a juice drink, a cocktail mixer and can be frozen into popsicles. So say “allo” to Alo and read the full review below.

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Aloe Vera Juice Drink: Say Alo To Aloe


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Introduction To Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera is a good-for-you drink. It contains almost 30 vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids, and 57 total nutrients. (You can see the breakdown here.)

But not all aloe beverages are created equal, and some people who have tried them haven’t liked them. If you’re one of them, you may want to give aloe a second chance—real, all-natural aloe.

Alo Aloe Drink contains aloe juice and pulp straight from the leaf (grown in Thailand), not from reconstituted powder. They’re all natural, with are no artificial flavors or colors, no thickeners or emulsifiers. The drinks are sweetened with a touch of cane sugar, and the water component is spring water. They’re delicious.

The pulp gives them a chewiness that’s fun, like a softer, more juicy version of gummy candy. And, as you can see from the colors in the photo at the right, the kids will find them groovy. Adults can look at them as hot, happening and hip, whether straight from the bottle or mixed with vodka, gin or tequila.


Alo Drink
Alo aloe vera drink in five flavors. A hip drink, it’s not your grandmother’s burn remedy. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

The calories: not bad; 50 or 60 per 8-ounce serving, except for Mangosteen + Mango, which weighs in at 80 calories (which is our favorite, along with Original Aloe Vera With Honey). Follow us to Page 2 for a close look at all the flavors.

—Karen Hochman

Continue To Page 2: Flavors Of Alo Original Aloe

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The aloe vera plant. Photo by Mark Bowden | SXC.


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