Aloe Vera Products Sold By Walmart, Contents No Aleo

Aloe Vera Products Sold By Walmart, Contents No Aleo

Aloe Vera-based products sold in several leading American retailers do not contain a single trace of the plant, new tests have revealed.

Store brand aloe vera gels at Wal-Mart, Target and CVS all advertised themselves as having aloe barbadensis – the scientific name for the plant – as one of its main ingredients.

Yet tests showed that Wal-Mart’s Equate Aloe After Sun Gel, Target’s Up & Up Aloe Vera Gel and CVS Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel had no indication of the plant in the product.

Instead they all contained a cheaper sugar-based ingredient called maltodextrin, which is sometimes used to imitate aloe.

A fourth test, on Walgreens’ Alcohol Free Aloe Vera Body Gel, revealed just one of three chemical markers that indicate the plant – meaning that the presence of aloe can neither be ruled out or confirmed, SF Gate reports.

‘You have to be very careful when you select and use aloe products,’ said Tod Cooperman, president of White Plains, New York-based ConsumerLab.com, which led the testing.

All four retailers, and Fruit of the Earth, a Fort Worth, Texas-based aloe product supplier for Wal-Mart, Target and Walgreens, have denied the allegations.

Since the test results were announced, the national retailers have each been hit with lawsuits seeking restitution for all the customers they say were misled.

‘No reasonable person would have purchased or used the products if they knew the products did not contain any aloe vera,’ attorneys wrote in a complaint filed in Illinois last September on behalf of multiple plaintiffs represented by 10 law firms.

ConsumerLab.com said it had also tested Fruit of the Earth brand Aloe Vera 100% Gel and found no evidence of aloe and warned that after testing dozens of ‘aloe vera’ products – only half lived up to their claims.

Fruit of the Earth insists it ‘stands by its products’ which it sources from the Florida-based Concentrated Aloe Corp. which says it uses fair trade, organic aloe vera farmed and processed in Guatemala.

Company president Tim Meadows claims that the testing process was at fault.

ConsumerLab.com used nuclear magnetic resonance to test for aloe’s three chemical markers — acemannan, malic acid and glucose. It also tested for lactic acid – which indicates degraded aloe vera – and was missing from all four products tested.

But Meadows says that the processing of raw aloe can remove some of its markers such as acemannan but that the presence of aloe was real. While ‘fake aloe’ additive maltodextrin was sometimes added as part of the drying process.

‘Acemannan has been misinterpreted,’ Meadows said. ‘The cosmetics industry requires highly processed aloe. How that affects acemannan is anybody’s guess.’

The CVS aloe gel was made by Product Quest Manufacturing LLC which declined to comment.

Aloe vera plant has been used since the 4th century BC to treat minor burns, intestinal problems like stomach ulcers, and to help speed wound healing.

Scientific studies suggest that a complex carbohydrate in aloe vera, acemannan, may combine antiviral properties, antibacterial action and stimulate the immune system.

While there is still no clear evidence of aloe’s health benefits, the International Aloe Science Council believes that acemannan – which makes up 15 per cent of all aloe plant – is what gives the plant is alleged healing powers.

The presence of aloe in products has been a concern for the past 30 years.

The Aloe Science Council was created in the 1980s in response to the crisis. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not approve cosmetics before they are sold and has never issued a fine for selling aloe products with no aloe.

While there is still no clear evidence of aloe’s health benefits, the International Aloe Science Council believes that acemannan is what gives the plant is alleged healing powers.

Acemannan generally makes up 15 per cent of all aloe plant. Anything less than 0.01 per cent acemannan won’t register as aloe vera in tests.

The presence of aloe in products has been a concern for the past 30 years.

The Aloe Science Council was created in the 1980s in response to the crisis. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not approve cosmetics before they are sold and has never issued a fine for selling aloe products with no aloe.

Swati Sharma

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