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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Yakult

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First of all, let me make it clear that I am not making any money nor have I been asked to talk about this product or review it. This is simply me, wanting to share something I like with you.  We all heard that consuming probiotics helps regulate our digest system, keeps us regular and  it is good for our overall health and immune system. This is just another way you can get your daily dose of healthy bacteria!

So what is Yakult?

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According to Wikipedia, Yakult  is "a Japanese probiotic milk-like product made by fermenting a mixture of skimmed milk with a special strain of the bacteria Lactobacillus casei Shirota."

Here is what I know about it:

  • Yakult contains it's own probiotic (live, friendly bacteria) called Lactobacillus casei.
  • That means you cannot get it from any other products, even yogurts.
  • It tastes great, just a little bit sweet (very little)
  • They come in small individual 2.7 oz bottles.
  • I love to peel the lid off and just drink it straight from the bottle.
  • It is gluten-free.

How do I know Yakult?

I grew up drinking it. These tiny bottles can be found in every grocery store and super market in Brazil. I have  enjoyed the taste of Yakult  since my early ages and I continue to enjoy it. Until this day, every time I visit my family back home my mom makes sure there is a pack of Yakult waiting for me in the fridge.

Unfortunately they are not that popular here in North America.  When I was in Vancouver, BC I found them at the H Mart downtown. Here in Seattle I was so happy to see Yakult at the Uwajimaya store. These are both Asian grocery stores.

You can find out more about Yakult on their site, including the complete nutrition info and where to find it in the US.

I hope you get to try it and if you do, let me know what you think!

Cheers!

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18 comments:

Anonymous said...

you kinda forgot to mention the horrible taste. it's like drinking smashed vitamin pills in skimmed milk.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Rita clearly wrote that it "tastes great" so maybe rather than saying tastes great or tastes horrible, it's better to say that it's an "aquired taste"... after all, there are still people out there that are disgusted by sushi... (which amazes me!!!)

Rita said...

Anonymous (both)- well, I guess taste is a very personal thing, I really like the taste of Yakult, it never reminded me of smashed vitamin pills! When I was a little girl I didn't care about my digest system....I used to drink it because of how it tasted.

Indigo said...

I remember my mum used to buy these for me at one point! Mostly cause I didn't eat anything healthy (or much of anything at all) as a kid (how times have changed). I loved the taste ^__^. Aw, I'd love to try them again...!

Anouk C said...

It's difficult restraining yourself to just one bottle a day. As a kid I was told if I drank more than one bottle a day, I would get a tummyache. I love the grape flavour best.

Laura said...

I wonder if this is the same as drinking Kefir Yogurt? I will have to check out the H Mart dt in Van and give this a try!

Rita said...

Indigo - I love the taste too.

Anouk C - I could never have just one either, I normally have 2 a day.

Laura - They are very different than Kefir. I actually tried Kefir for the first time when I was looking for Yakult. It's very different, Yakult is more of a drink, not as thick as Kefir.

Anonymous said...

Just to update the price, back home 1 pc cost like 7 Peso, but here in Dubai 1 pc is like equivalent to 75 pesos.I will make sure to enjoy it when I visit Philippines.

Anonymous said...

Is it comes with the flavor now? huh

Anonymous said...

I cannot find this anywhere. Does someone have an online source that one could order from?

Jane.

Anonymous said...

hehe:) you helped me with my food tech assigment cheers, and nah i never had one but i remeber in primary school seeing other kids and wishing i had one two:( those small bottles make it so appealing.

Anonymous said...

I have Yakultand it is somewhat easy to expire, so I freeze them and sometimes eat it frozen or I melt it. But if you freeze it, you need to peel some of the plastic off the bottle to eat it. :)

elvie said...

i love yakult ^^

Unknown said...

Its delicious and refreshing! I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and NOTHING works like a dose of Yakult to set my digestive tract to balanced once again! There are other probiotics out there, but they are not as effective for me. Any health food store should carry them, Asian market, etc. I see them in Safeway all the time. The price has risen over the years, but I don't care what they cost. It's a wonder product for me!

Aliw Veloso said...

It is also famous in the Philippines. Here's a tip: if you're having an upset stomach or diarrhea, drink Yakult. It really works, at least for everyone that I have recommended it to. It also helps in digestion.

JMLaplana said...

Yakult really helped my husband get well from indigestion. Now, Yakult is already part of our daily meals.

Anonymous said...

Anyone knows where Yakult is available in Seattle/Redmond area?

Stephen Hutch said...

Nice article you have here! Probiotics drink can help to regulate your digestive system and boost your immune system. Additionally, probiotics can treat common digestive problems, such as diarrhea, bloating and an upset stomach. I used to drink Yakult a probiotic milk, its a big help to my digestion problem.

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