If you’ve ever wondered how, when and why to eat aloe vera you must keep reading this post!
While the plant may look a liJle inHmidaHng with it’s long sharp spikes, the gooey inside of aloe vera is a gold-mine of vitamins, enzymes, minerals and water.
This post will answer the question, “can you eat aloe vera”. And, we will give you some reasons why eating aloe vera is not only allowed, but a great idea. You can see our edible aloe recommendations and more information on edible aloe too!
Keep reading to find out more!
Yes, the aloe vera plant (for the most part) is edible. The gel has many benefits when eaten and can be very healthy for you. But, you have to be careful to remove the latex secre@on from the leaves before consump@on. And, always do your research. Never eat aloe meant to be used topically!
Can you eat aloe vera is a very common question to hear. And the answer is a resounding YES.
Aloe vera is not only able to be eaten—it should be! Although its understanding to be a little wary of aloe, you shouldn’t be! It’s a part of the succulent family, not the cactus family, and if poked by it you will not be hurt.
Aloe has been consumed for various reasons for hundreds of years. It’s been known as a healing “super-plant”. If you aren’t familiar with it —it’s time you become so!
Keep reading to find our top reasons why it’s actually a need! But you need to be careful with the kinds of gel you consume. There is a stark difference between the aloe you are meant to consume, and the aloe you are meant to use topically as skincare. You can usually tell these apart by the percentage of aloe on the bottles. Aloe that is meant to be consumed will usually be 100% aloe gel. It will also not have any preservatives, added perfumes or dyes.
Make sure to research your product thoroughly before consumption!
Always double check before eating aloe that it is meant to be consumed. And, when possible try and grow your own or buy it by the leaf.
Here are our top 3 reasons why aloe vera should be eaten on a regular basis! Hydration, nutrition, and skin health.
Aloe is almost 100% water—but with the added benefits of vitamins. Eating a square or two of aloe vera will only benefit you as far as hydration goes. If you’re someone who struggles to drink the daily recommended amount of water, you should try eating your water instead! Aloe will be a great substitute and even add on the beneficial antioxidants!
Nutrition is very important. And, it’s hard to keep track of everything. This is one of the nicest things about the aloe plant. If you’re consuming it, you’re basically taking countless tiny vitamins. If you are somebody that struggles to remember taking vitamins, or if you lack the entire repertoire of vitamins, consider eating a slice of aloe instead. It’s basically a 75 in 1 —containing about 75 compounds!
Here are some great aloe vera products to introduce into your daily meal routine!
The aloe plant has almost endless uses! And, it’s a gorgeous plant to grow in your garden or keep in your home.
To learn more about the aloe plant and it’s many uses, benefits and properties read our other posts! Learn how to pot and take care of your aloe plant with our gardening posts.
And, once you have a successful aloe plant, lean some recipes to make the most of it! Now that you’ve learned that aloe vera is in fact edible, check out our posts on ways to consume it, recipes and DIY hacks!
My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!
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March 01, 2021