Popular Aloe Vera Gels May Not Contain Aloe Vera At All, Report Reveals

Posted: Nov 24 2016, 6:25am CST | by , Updated: Nov 24 2016, 6:30am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

Popular Aloe Vera Gels May Not Contain Aloe Vera at all, Report Reveals
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Lab tests have found no evidence of aloe vera in three store store-branded aloe gels

Many aloe vera gels that are sold on popular stores may be missing a key ingredient: aloe vera, according to a Bloomberg News report

Aloe vera has been listed as a main ingredient in gels available at Wal-Mart, Target and CVS. However, lab tests have found no traces of aloe vera, also called aloe barbadensis leaf juice, in those gels.

Aloe vera has been used for centuries as a healing product. The ingredient has a reputation for treating sunburns, sores and many other skin ailments.

While all of the gels sold on popular retailers mentioned aloe vera as either their first or second ingredient but none of them could prove its presence. The three chemical markers that signify the presence of aloe vera – acemannan, malic acid and glucose – were absent in the tests for all three retailer products. Instead, they have found the evidence of a cheaper chemical called maltodextrin that is used to imitate aloe vera.

The finding could be a major setback for aloe products, including gels, creams, vitamin tables and drinks. The U.S. market for aloe vera products is estimated to have reached $146 million in the past year.

The findings also raise questions about whether more federal oversight is required for cosmetics and body-care products, which otherwise do not need approval from government authorities. 

“There’s no watchdog assuring that aloe products are what they say they are. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration don’t approve cosmetics before they’re sold and has never levied a fine for selling fake aloe. That means suppliers are on an honor system.” Report reads.

One of the makers of the gel that provide products to the both Walmart and Target is dissatisfied with the outcome of the lab tests. The lab was hired by the Bloomberg News

“We’ve been in the business a long time and we know where the raw ingredients come from,’’ said John Dondrea, Fruit of the Earth’s general counsel. “We stand behind our products.’’

While Target Cooperation had declined to comment, Walmart and CVS are backing their supplier.

Walmart spokesperson Randy Hargrove told CBS News. “We hold our suppliers to high standards and are committed to providing the quality products they expect. We contacted our supplier and they stand behind the authenticity of their products.” 

 

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