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New Investigation Finds Products Claiming To Contain Aloe Vera Don't Contain Aloe Vera! GASP!

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Products advertised as containing aloe vera don't have any!

If there's no aloe vera in them, then what the hell is in these things??? Everybody panic!

According to new reports, many products sold at Walmart, Target, and CVS that are advertised as having aloe vera in them actually don't have aloe vera at all. Sacrilege!!!

A Bloomberg News investigation recently looked into these claims and found:

"Samples of store-brand aloe gel purchased at national retailers Wal-Mart, Target and CVS showed no indication of the plant in various lab tests. The products all listed aloe barbadensis leaf juice — another name for aloe vera — as either the No. 1 ingredient or No. 2 after water."

Moreover, some of the products were found to contain malodextrin, a type of sugar that is basically faux aloe:

"Aloe's three chemical markers — acemannan, malic acid and glucose — were absent in the tests for Wal-Mart, Target and CVS products conducted by a lab hired by Bloomberg News. The three samples contained a cheaper element called maltodextrin, a sugar sometimes used to imitate aloe. The gel that's sold at another retailer, Walgreens, contained one marker, malic acid, but not the other two."

The products in question are Wal-Mart's Equate Aloe After Sun Gel, Target's Up & Up Aloe Vera Gel, CVS Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel, and Walgreens Alcohol Free Aloe Vera Body Gel,

We've been lied to all this time, folks.

Some of the companies reached for comment doubled down and said they stand by their products and suppliers. They also disputed the Bloomberg News findings.

Several lawsuits are currently underway against the four retailers for misleading customers.

Buy aloe vera gel at your own risk, we suppose!

[Image via Walmart]

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