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Sammi Aloe Drink with Aloe Vera Gel

I drank this in the dark. I mean, without pouring it out into a glass, so I can’t tell what color the liquid is. I did feel the bits of aloe vera in my mouth.

You’d be forgiven if you saw this and it didn’t occur to you that this was a product of Korea. Absolutely no hangul on the can! Just English, French and Spanish. Bebida de Savila con Aloe Vera Gel.

Sammi Aloe Drink with Aloe Vera Gel
Sammi Aloe Drink with Aloe Vera Gel
I saw this at the Korean supermarket ASSI so that gave me an inkling. The brand is SAMMI (삼미식품), which I’m unfamiliar with. The reason I even noticed it was because first it was on sale for 79 cents and was prominently displayed in a tall basket by the checkout counter. Also, it’s aloe vera juice!

The only other time I had seen aloe vera juice was in the sample kit I got from JayOne, and it was a novelty for me. Aloe vera juice! It must be another South Korean fad that I missed.

The can prominently states in front: No sugar added. But look at the ingredients list: Water, LIQUID FRUCTOSE, aloe vera gel, citric acid, sodium citrate, calcium lactate, gellan gum, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium panthothenate, gardenia blue, carthamus yellow, artificial flavors.

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 1 cup or 8 fluid ounces or 240 ml. 125 calories per serving. No fat. No trans fat. 48 milligrams of sodium. 25 grams of carbohydrates. No fiber. 25 grams of sugar. No protein.

Distributed by Sammi International Inc. 707E 61st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90001, USA. Tel: (323) 233-2224. Sammi Food Corporation. UPC bar code number 8 94975 00251.

The flavor’s not bad. Tasted like sweetened water with bits of stuff in it :)

JayOne Aloe Juice – Mango Flavor

In my continuing series of trying out JayOne bottled drinks, finally got around to mango flavor.

Like the pomegranate variant of aloe juice, this was very sweet. What seemed to be “bits of real aloe” were swirling around in the yellow-orange liquid.

From the label: JayOne Aloe Juice is full of real aloe vera and fruit with Vitamin B, C and Calcium. Ingredients: purified water, aloe vera gel powder, sugar, aloe vera gel, citric acid, artificial flavor, calcium lactate, gellan gum, sodium citrate, honey, vitamin c

Mmm… so instead of organic cane juice like the pomegranate version, this uses plain old sugar. Well, at least it’s not high fructose corn syrup. No honey in this mango version either. And what’s this about “artificial” flavor when the pom variant’s label says “natural” flavor…

In conclusion, if we are to trust the label’s list of ingredients, the pomegranate aloe juice seems to be more nutritious because of its use of organic cane juice, honey and natural flavor. The only thing this mango aloe juice has going for it is the addition of B vitamins and beta carotene.

The bottle also prominently features Spanish translation. Jugo de Savila – Mango. Vitamina B, C y Calcio. Ingredientes: agua purificada, gel de savila en polvo, azucar, savila gel, acido citrico, sabores artificiales, lactato de calcio, gellan de goma, citrato de sodio, concentrado de mango, vitamina C, vitamina B6, vitamina B12, beta caroteno

The only Korean was barely noticeable: 알로에 (aloe)

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 1 cup (240 mL). 2 Servings per Container. Amount per Serving: 110 calories, none from Fat. No Saturated Fat. No Trans Fat. 25 milligrams of sodium. 27 grams Total Carbohydrates, 23 grams from Sugars, none from Dietary Fiber. No protein. *Exactly the same as the pomegranate version except for Percent Daily Values: Vitamin C 70%. Vitamin B6 100%. Vitamin B12 100%. Calcium 50%. No iron, no vitamin A.

16.9 fluid ounces (500 milliliters). UPC 6 78108 14445 4. Product of Korea / Producto de Corea. Distributed by Jayone Foods. Paramount, CA 90723. Tel: (562) 633-7400.

Refrigerate after opening. Refrigerar despues de abrir. Shake well before serving. Agitar bien antes de serve. (Is that grammatically correct?)

The man who gave me this sample said that they don’t place their products at Korean supermarkets but only at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. But I haven’t seen this at TJ’s or WFM (not that I have been looking). I have however spotted this at Gaju Market selling for around $1.49 or $1.69.

Worth tasting, that I can tell you for sure… it’s aloe vera juice!

J1 Pomegranate Aloe Pulp Juice with Vitamin C

Discovered an interesting drink at the KBBQ Festival: Aloe Pulp Juice from JayOne Foods. Had never before heard of aloe vera juice.

As much as I enjoyed playing with the silky sap of aloe vera leaves when I was little (vaguely recall my mom using it for her face and hair), I didn’t think I would like it in juice form. But the taste of this drink didn’t remind me at all of the characteristic green smell of aloe vera. J1’s Aloe Pulp Juice is simply like a sweet fruit drink.

Ingredients: water, aloe vera gel powder, organic cane juice, aloe vera gel, pomegranate concentrate, citric acid, natural flavor, natural color, calcium lactate, gellan gum, honey, vitamin c

No trace of the bitterish pomegranate taste in Pom Wonderful or Langer’s. Have to admit it was almost a bit too honey-sweet that it made me wonder if it’s wasn’t a sin to drink. But the fact is the sweetener is not high-fructose corn syrup, but instead organic cane juice and honey, so it makes you less guilty of the indulgence. The label says it won a Superior Taste award at the International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi) in Brussels in 2008.

The only Korean on the bottle is 알로에쥬스 (aloe juice) and the only Spanish is Jugo de Sabila (juice of aloe vera). Most of the information is bilingual French and English.

All Natural Antioxidant. No Preservatives. No Artificial Colors or Flavors. Shake Well. Refrigerate After Opening.

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 1 cup (240 mL). 2 Servings per Container. Amount per Serving: 110 calories, none from Fat. No Fat. No Trans Fat. 25 milligrams of sodium. 27 grams Total Carbohydrates, 23 grams from Sugars. No protein. % Daily Value: Vitamin C 70%. 2% Calcium.

UPC 6 78108 40453. Product of Korea. Made Exclusively for Jayone Foods. Paramount, CA 90723 USA. (562) 633-7400.

About the name… First time I saw “Jayone” on the sign, I was trying to pronounce it as “Jay -yoh-nee” — it was only after looking at the brochures that I realized it must have been derived from both the Korean name Jae styled as “Jay One” and from the Korean word 자연 (pronounced jayon, meaning ‘nature’). The bottled drinks show J1 prominently, but their other products like the rice crackers simply feature Jayone.

They have other variants of aloe juice I’m going to try, like mango flavor and what seems to be the plain aloe.