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Friday, October 16, 2009

Visvita Juice House Aloe Vera Juice

For some reason, at the moment we here at the Lab are long on non-Soda juices. But that doesn't mean we're short on Weirdness--oh, no, certainly not. For what do I see before me now?

Aloe Vera juice.

Yes indeed, a bottle of Aloe Vera juice, from a company called Visvita. It is distributed by Chimex Produce Co., and is a "Product of Korea", so I'm not sure exactly what role Visvita plays in the process...but that's beside the point.
The other day, I sustained minor burns to my hands in an ill-fated attempt to make chili in the Lab kitchen. (While I am expert in quaffing Weird things, a cook I am not). Aloe vera seemed appropriate at that point, but it never occurred to me to try an internal route of administration. Perhaps between a topical gel and a Weird aloe vera beverage, I can deal with the burn from both sides?

Looking at the ingredients list, the Weirdness becomes even more evident. This drink contains--and I quote (bold emphasis is mine)--

Aloe Vera Gel Power (12%), Aloe Vera Crush (8%), Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Calcium Lactate, Vitamin C, Water


Apparently, they found a way to extract the Gel Power from aloe vera. And soon, its power shall be MINE! ALL MINE! MUA HA HA HA HA! THEY CALLED ME MAD AT OXFORD, TOO!

Er. Sorry. Further evidence of the Weirdness of this beverage can be found simply by looking at it. It is chock-full of floating wisps of some lacy, translucent stuff. I'm not sure of that's the Aloe Gel Power or Aloe Crush; I'm guessing the Crush, not knowing what raw Power looks like.

Really, given the color of the bottle (bright lime green), and the ingredients (Power and Crush), this is some sort of Weird Hulk Juice.

HULK QUAFF! AND NOW HULK SOOTHED WITH NICE SKIN!

Where: Purchased at Mitsuwa Market, West Los Angeles, CA
Color: Very, very pale green, almost clear. Lots of little wisps.
JAT: "Clear, with a bunch of greenish-grey...stuff."
K-i-C: "Have you ever looked into an emesis tray?"
Scent: Citrusy, but not very sharp. A bit lime-ish.
JAT: "Ginger ale-ish."
K-i-C: "A grapefruit soda kind of smell. Actually, it smells a lot like the Trident I'e been chewing lately."
Taste: Tastes just like it smells. The taste is pretty nice, actually...and then I feel the first of the little bits of floaty gunk hit my lip. In solution, it looks like tiny scraps of paper.
It's not.
They're thick, and jellyish. Very similar to what was in the Tsubutsubu Jelly Drink. And just as off-putting now as they were then.
JAT: "It's very hard to explain." *swigs, discovers bit of slimy goo.* "What's this stuff?"
Me: "I think it's aloe vera."
K-i-C: "You hope that's aloe vera."

The overall taste is good--lime/orange citrus, mellow, with a pleasant smoothness. But I'd recommend quaffing quickly, so the fragments of nameless horrors don't have a chance to get a grip on the walls of your esophagus, coalesce into something formless and horrid, and take over your brain.

Quaff rating: 3.5 for the taste. 1.5 for the texture. Let's call it 2.5.
Cough rating: 1.5; doesn't make me want to puke, but somehow, I feel as if it should.

46 comments:

  1. I recently tried this product and was amazed by the "Aloe Vera Gel Power." Great Review.

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  2. i like make aloe yoguart.how i mae it reply me

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  3. I got some of this stuff from Smart & Final .... & it is actually pretty good. The little bits of aloe are kinda taste & have texture of the inside of green grapes. A friend of work who's into all the healthy stuff looked at it & said that this stuff is really good for you. I like it.

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  4. My mom really likes this stuff.. my personally I didnt like the taste of the Aloe Vera one. But hold on!... then came the Aloe Vera Coconut drink!! && omg! i feel in luv..haha. its so good especially cold. & yes it has the floating coconut in it. i like it you should try it!! xoxoxo

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  5. its POWDER NOT power.....this is a product you can buy.....

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  6. I really like this juice, where do you get the coconut kind, I haven't seen it.

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  7. It tastes pretty good, but the pulp does bother me. Oh, well, it's fun to chew.

    Also, the bottle says that it contains 80kcals per serving, and there are three servings.
    Are there seriously 24,000 calories in each bottle? D:

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  8. The "calorie" we use in food is actually equivalent to 1,000 of the "calories" used as a measure of energy in physics. So on typical American food labels, 1 "calorie"=1 kcal. Labels in some other countries use "kcal" instead.
    So when it says 80 kcal, you can read it as 80 calories.
    Wow...24,000 calories per bottle. That's getting into explosive territory.
    Wikipedia has a good explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calorie

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  9. it teast like grapes its so good and good for u

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  10. Hello, I love Aloe Vera Juice but can anyone tell me what are the little pieces of fruit? floating
    around the bottle. They taste good

    Buddy Hincke - buddy.san@frontier.com

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  13. I started drinking"George's aloe vera juice for an ulcer. It worked better than any meds on the market then I ran across "green Juice house aloe vera juice and by golly I have to say for .99 cents a bottle it is great and very good for you I drink a bottle with lunch or dinner and it really help with my digestion! amazing stuff..Aloe Vera! P. s. I bought it @ Stater Bros. market

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    1. It's amazing what the mind can do. George's aloe is WATER!

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  14. On my way into work a couple of hours ago, I bought a bottle of Visvita Juice House Aloe Vera Juice for $1.19 from an Albertson's supermarket in Texas. When I opened the bottle, I got a whiff of what I can only describe as a "mediciney citrus" smell. The first sip was actually pretty good, despite the gelatinous bits of "aloe crush" floating in it. A quick Google search for Aloe vera juice informed me that this stuff might be slightly diuretic. Hooray! I still have six hours left on my shift. We'll see how that goes. After a while, the aloe vera juice tastes like drinking a liquified stick of citrus Orbit gum. I think it would be good with vodka or rum. Oh, no! Fragments of nameless horrors have gathered on my esophagus and coalesced into a formless, horrid something that's taking over my brain! The Koreans have poisoned me with their strange gelatinous aloe vera mind-control drink! Seriously, it's a pretty good drink for being basically a bottle of mashed up aloe plants, which, incidentally, aren't native to Korea. If you find a bottle in your local shop, buy it and enjoy.

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  15. it says aloe vera powder....not aloe vera power -.-

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    1. There is one Called Aloe Vera Power.You can buy it at healthyliving.org

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  16. Best drink ever. I hope it has the typical 'medicinal' properties as normal aloe Vera juice/water, which can taste quite gross (unless mixed with sweet tea or something or made like the George's brand). This drink, however, is so good that sometimes I have to force myself to stop from gulping down the entire bottle. Not to mention the little floaters...they're weird but I have grown fond of them. I chew the little boogers and squish them in my mouth. Two thumbs up for this drink.

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    1. I love it too! My favorite is "Tamarindo". It is the best juice I have ever tested!

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  17. Thank you all, for making me laugh. I find this side very amusing, and the comments are great! I found this juice in a Salvage Store for 40cents, and it does not expire in till November of 2012. So I figure I try it and man; I love it. This is the best testing Aloe Juice I ever had. (I normally got to Stores like this, because you can find the most expensive things like Olive oil very inexpensive. I pay for my Olive oil only $ 1.75 which cost at the store over $5) And if you all ever decide to check in to anything else healthy, please check out www.foods and go to the food list. It is amazing, what most of us don’t know about our food.

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  18. ***doesn't make me want to puke, but somehow, I feel as if it should.****
    OMG! That is a perfect description.
    I bought my 1rst bottle of VisVita,Juice House ALOE today on a whim.I'll try any flavor that's kinda off the wall.That Lime color seemed so refreshing.
    I got it home and cracked it open.Looking forward to that ice cold Refreshing,Lime Citrus flavor,I took a HUGE gulp...And before I could think,I realized,I had to strain this beverage thru my teeth.WTF?!?! It was like straining tiny Jellyfish.Once,I gota hold of myself and read the lable,it all made sense.It's Aloe Pulp,I'm straining thru my teeth.Once you get over the *WTF Factor* The flavor is totally awesome.And with the benefit of Aloe you can't go wrong.
    Hey!..Great Site.

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  19. I love it!! It comes in 4 different flavors original, coconut (my favorite) pina, and pomegrante...very yummy!!

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    1. I love it too! But there are more flavors, and my favorite is "Tamarindo".
      it is the best juice I have ever tested!

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  20. It this shit real or just a fyckem drink to enjoy. Those it have any benefits to drinking this shit.

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    1. Wtf know how to spell first then publish this.

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    2. I was in a hurry. You probably have all the time in the world to spell check everything I see. So like I said is this juice real Aloa Vera those it have any benefits to drinking it.

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  21. Hey bro I believe is just a drink with no benefits. I don't really knOw but it something taste so good something is not right. Aloa Vera by it self taste like a fyckem plant like your eating grass or something . This drink is fruity like candy or something. In my opinion I don't think is real. I want someone to prove me wrong...........

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  22. i like to know who distribut this alovera juise some 1 tild me was coors company or miller please let me know ty

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  23. I drank this drink and was sick for 3 days... found out that aloe can be a strong laxative?? After drinking it I had severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea and loss of appetite. It took 3 days before I felt back to my full self. I don't recommend it. I also found it very sweet, so I was adding it to my water to dilute it. I cannot imagine how ill I would have been if I drank a bottle straight. Read up on the side effects of ingesting aloe before taking the risk to enjoy this "health" drink!

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    1. That's weird... everytime I drank this i never had a problem and each time I drank a full 1.5 litre bottle.

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  24. This drink is usually made without the natural laxative inside of aloe. But it helps with constipation if you drink it too much and stop you will become constipated.

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  26. i felt like superman after drinking it!
    to the one who felt sick is because you have to drink it cold and not buy an asian drink in a mexicant corner supermarket...lol

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  27. i had never had this before, and drank the bottle over about a half hour time span. it actually calmed my digestive system down. so i had the reverse effect of the person several spaces above. for those that have not had it before, think of the 5 flavor lifesavers candy, and if that could be changed into water... that is what aloe vera juice tastes like. kind of has an orange, coconut and pineapple taste to it.

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  28. If you can drink orange juice with pulp, you can drink this aloe drink. It's delicious! If you strip the green layer off of the aloe Vera leaf you'll have a clear inner core of aloe. That's what's crushed up and put into this drink. It is like I've inside of a green grape. I love it!

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  29. you can get it at Costco if anyone has them close by, it's cheeper and you can get it in different flavors!! There's mango (orange), coconut (white), pomegranate (Pink/my favorite), And original aloe vera (green). The green you can get in a 1 liter six pack, and the others come in 16 0z 20 pack (5 of each flavor). The 6 pack is about the same $ as the 20 pack which I believe, last time I got them, was 16.00?? I'm not sure, but other places have sold the 1 liters for 6$ apiece and that adds up. Anyways, just thought I would let you know. But do be aware, they DO still contain cane sugar and the 80calories that they claim on the bottle isn't for the WHOLE bottle. It is for 1 serving which is about 1 cup. So everything in moderation but I give it 5 stars and two thumbs up for taste and health factors!! :) #betterthansoda

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    1. You have found these at Costco? In what region? I haven't been able to find this drink anywhere in the pacific northwest, except for a chain of overstock/closeout grocery stores called Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. And only the original flavor at that. I'd love to find a consistent source that also offers other flavors.

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  30. Your ingredients list is untrue. I'm looking directly from the Label of my bottle. Ingredients: Purified water,Aloe Vera Pulp,White Cane Sugar,Aloe Vera Flavors,Citric Acid,Calcium Lactate,Sodium Citrate,Vitamin C,Gelian Gum,Sucralose. Nowhere does it say corn syrup or Aloe Vera Gel power.
    I first experienced this stuff when on vacation in Palm Springs,CA and absolutely love it! First because there's no high fructose corn syrup.. second cause Aloe Vera is healthy and good for the skin and third because it tastes amazing! If I have a craving for something sweet this stuff will take care of my craving and it's healthy! Never really thought of drinking it before I stumbled upon this stuff.Always thought of it's use was just for sunburns.

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    1. Definitely drink in moderation though cause the sugar cane.

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    2. The 1.5L bottles and 16oz bottles actually have 2 different recipes. The 1.5L bottle is a product of Korea, and the 16oz bottle is bottled in Colombia. The 16oz version does contain fructose, but not high fructose corn syrup.

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  31. i am surprised it used to have aloe vera power gel & aloe vera crush cause now the ingredients have changed at first they use to have those 2 ingredients but now it doesn't :(

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  32. The current 1.5L size is now sweetened with white cane sugar and stevia!

    All the best,
    Aaron Lephart

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  33. I bought this for my husband at costco and it is freekin INSANELY delicious. I find it hard to believe that this could possibly be good for you given how sweet it is, but... I'm hopeful. If he won't drink it, I would drink it JUST for the taste.

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