yurikago (yurikago) wrote in sugarfreekids,

OKF Aloe Vera Drink, Agave Nectar

Hi y'all~ I've just joined, because I have a question that I thought maybe someone here could help me with.

I recently found a drink that I love called OKF Aloe Vera Drink. It is very sweet, and has fructose and honey in it, but the label says that it contains only .9 g of sugar in 8 fl oz of juice. To me, that seems unbelievably low considering that fresh aloe is very bitter, but this juice is really mild and very tasty!

The ingredients are: Mineral Water, Fructose, Aloe Vera Powder, Aloe Vera Pulp, Honey, Citric Acid, Artificial Grape Flavor.

Now, I don't know what "artificial grape flavor" is, but is there a chance it might be something like Splenda, or another chemical sweetener, in your fine opinions? I definitely don't want to continue to drink it if that is the case, but I am not sure.

Another chance is that the nutrition info is incorrect. Has anyone seen that happening before?

Thanks in advance for any input!

Also, here is a tip for everyone. I saw a lot of sugar alternatives in the community info, but I did not see Agave Nectar. Here is some info I copied from http://www.shakeoffthesugar.net/article1042.html. Before I post the info, I just want to mention that I did use that site to find agave nectar info, but I can not advocate general use of the site as their main page mentions fad diets such as atkins and south beach diets. Those are diets I believe to be detrimental to your health on a long term scale.

"Agave syrup (or nectar) is about 90% fructose. Only recently has it come in use as a sweetener. It has a low glycemic level and is a delicious and safe alternative to table sugar. Unlike the crystalline form of fructose, which is refined primarily from corn, agave syrup is fructose in its natural form. This nectar does not contain processing chemicals. Even better, because fructose is sweeter than table sugar, less is needed in your recipes. It can be most useful for people who are diabetic, have insulin resistance (Syndrome X), or are simply watching their carbohydrate intake.

Fructose has a low glycemic value. However, according to some experts, if fructose is consumed after eating a large meal that overly raises the blood sugar or with high glycemic foods, it no longer has a low glycemic value. Strangely enough, it will take on the value of the higher glycemic food. So exercise restraint, even with this wonderful sweetener. It is a good policy to eat fructose-based desserts on an empty stomach, in between meals or with other low-glycemic foods. Use it for an occasional treat or for a light touch of sweetness in your dishes."
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If it contained Spenda they would have it listed in the ingredients. Plus, i think Splenda is considered a "natural" sugar since it's made from sugar. They definitely used chemical flavoring; there's a chance it could contain msg. As a general rule I don't eat anything that has the word artificial on it.

That is interesting about agave, I've never heard of it as an alternative. Isn't that what they use to make tequila?
I don't normally eat artificial flavoring (anymore), but right now I am trying to fight an infection of candida throughout my body. I have read that aloe juice can help prevent candida infection from getting worse. However, candida feeds on sugar, so if the nutrition info on this bottle is wrong, it may end up being worse for me, or negating itself.

I tried to make my own aloe juice, but it was so bitter that I couldn't stand to drink it, and would have needed to add tons of sugar to make it palatable. However, even fructose and other natural sugars are out of bounds for me until I get rid of the infection. That's why I was wondering how this drink got so sweet with so little sugar!

About Splenda, I didn't know it was made from sugar. I just figured it was another chemical in a packet. Any yes, tequila is made from agave.

Thanks for replying!
I have been battling the same problem for years. I only recently learned that sugar feeds yeast, and I have had improvement since I stopped eating it but I'm not sure how long it takes before one's body is back to normal.

That's interesting about the aloe juice, I never heard of that remedy. I have been eating garlic more and taking acidophilus, but not often enough to see much difference I guess. In addition to cutting out refined sugar and carbs, I have also stopped eating fruit for awhile because of fructose.
I just joined candidiasis, and figured I'd point it out to you in case you were interested. I wrote my whole long rant about my candida troubles there. I guess the recovery time is different for everyone, but can be really long. >< But I wish you best of luck with it! Stay strong, and remember how good it feels to feel good. That's the only way I can stop myself from eating bread and sugar! ^^
I also have Candidiasis!
you can't have agave nectar on the anti-candida diet

sorry =(

aloe juice I've had taste like water

surcose is bad for us in any form

lemon, lime, grapefruit, blueberry, xylitol, stevia, maltitol sorbitol, carrot, brown rice
are really the only sweets we should have

No tomato or other "nighshades"!

also if you have anymore Candida diet questions feel free to ask me,

also you should be taking flora gell pills or liquid acidololus (spelling?)
no acidolphlus pills! (they don't work)

good luck getting over/managing this,