8. Aloe vera drinks
Aloe waters and juices are made from the clear liquid extracted from the cactus-like aloe vera plant (the same stuff you slather over a sunburn). According to Amidor, the drink does supply some B vitamins, plus vitamins C and E, so you get a good dose of antioxidants.
The real issue with aloe drinks is that their purported health benefits — weight loss, detox, healthy skin — are not backed by science. Yes, when applied topically, aloe has proven perks, but the effects of drinking it are unknown. “Even though oranges are super healthy to eat, you wouldn’t rub an orange all over your body,” Caspero says. Aloe drinks, she says, remind her of the big push for açaí a few years back. “People are always searching for that next magical thing, so if something sounds exotic, they will buy it — and then be bummed when that magic gets brought down.”
Verdict: If you eat six or more servings of fruits and veggies a day, you should already be getting plenty of the nutrients that you’d get from aloe drinks, says Caspero. So if you drink one, do it because you like the flavor, not because you’re looking for a health boost. And as ever, watch out for excess sugar. “Aloe has a bitter, citrusy flavor that’s not inherently tasty, so companies have to add sugar to balance out the flavor,” says Amidor.
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