Friday, February 20, 2009

Product Review: Puripan Tea in a Jar

When school is in session, I don't get as much time to cook as I would like. But I do get to try some fabulous foods. I am going to start incorporating product and restaurant reviews in this blog as a continued guide to the best healthy foods I can uncover for my readers.

Today's product is one of my new favorite beverages. Puripan Aloe Vera Tea in a Jar is a product I found while waiting for a wine tasting to start. Being a fan of teas, I wandered into the tea shop and began perusing the loose leaf teas. However, I already had a rather large collection of dried teas that I needed to use before I would allow myself to buy more. I was about to wander out of the shop when the woman behind the counter asked if I had tried fermented teas. I must have looked confused, because she went on to explain the history of fermented teas in Korea, and went on to explain how Puripan made their fermented teas.

I was told that aloe is a natural remedy for stomach troubles. It seemed like perfect timing since I had just gotten over a bug, so I agreed to try a sample of the aloe tea. It was warm, and sweet. But not like a fruit or sugar, but just a sweet aloe. There were pulps of the aloe floating in the tea, which was fun to play with in my mouth as I chewed on the pulp while sipping the tea.

I bought a jar and keep it stored in the fridge. I have a water cooler that dispenses hot water in my apartment, and sometimes I just can't wait for tea to brew. I toss a spoonful of the aloe tea in the bottom of the mug, add some hot water and stir. Sweet, warm and soothing. For only $8.00 you get a jar that makes what seems like a neverending amount of tea. I am sure I will run out eventually, but I will have to go back and buy more! I hear it is great mixed with sparkling water for a low calorie soda.

Nutritional Label says that it makes 35 servings at 40 calories a serving. Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Sugar, Natural Honey, Citric Acid

Ease of Use: Wonderfully easy! Just add hot or cold water and mix!
Value: Cheaper than soda, pricier than tap water!

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I get asked by readers if I am being paid to push products. The simple answer is no. In fact, most of the products I write about are ones I have found and purchased during my trips to the grocery store or on the road. Occasionally, a company will send a sample my way and if I believe the product will serve a need for my readers and I would buy the product myself, then I will share it with you. Sometimes I will write to a company after reading about it, if I believe it will help us lead healthier lifestyles. But even then, if the product doesn't pass my scrutiny, it won't make the screen of Uncovering Food. You can trust that every product or recipe posted here has passed through my lips, and that I wouldn't blog about it if it wasn't worthy of you... my favorite readers.