Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Aloe Vera as a Food Preservative

Aloe Vera Gel

The chemical preservatives in food processing industry always needed a substitute, because they have been proved to cause several diseases including cancer.

The recent researches have assigned a new role of food preservative to aloe vera. In Spain, an Aloe Vera based gel has been developed, which has prolonged the conservation of products like fresh fruits,legumes and meat. 

Aloe Vera is a safe natural product and is an environmental friendly alternative to synthetic preservatives such as sulfur dioxide etc. 

As against the usual table life of 7-8 days at 1°C, the untreated grapes when coated with this aloe vera gel were preserved for 35 days. The further researches are still going on to develop aloe vera as a viable alternative for chemical preservatives on large and commercial basis.

Photo Credit- Pava
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