Hello Vera

According to the latest news release from the Am Chem Soc, aloe vera gel, which is best known for its therapeutic effect on burned or irritated skin, could soon form part of a healthy balanced diet. Spanish researchers claim to have developed a new product from the tropical plant to use as an edible coating for improving the shelf-life of fresh produce. They report their results in the current issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

One thing that I’m curious to know, given aloe vera’s purported character as an all-round panacea, will those pyramid marketing schemes that sell the AV concept adopt this new property as their own and so add yet another “use” for the material to their enormous lists of supposed benefits? I think so.

Author: David Bradley

Freelance science journalist, author of Deceived Wisdom. Sharp-shooting photographer and wannabe rock god.