Product Type: Danone Dessert / Yoghurts
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Getting my bowels in balance
Danone Actimel Orange
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Danone Actimel Orange
In the last few years, probiotic drinks and yoghurts have been advertised a lot on TV, often accompanied by claims that they can in some way improve your health. I've always been pretty sceptical, but figured no harm could come from giving it a bash.
The Claim :
"Actimel is a delicious probiotic drinking yogurt. It contains Danone's exclusive probiotic culture, L.casei Imunitass®, and is scientifically proven to help support your body's defences (When 1-2 bottles are consumed everyday as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.), and is available in 13 delicious flavours. It also comes in a fat free range that has less than 30 calories per bottle.
The name Actimel comes from the Flemish "actieve melk", meaning active milk. Actimel contains two traditional yogurt cultures: Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. On top of these it contains a third culture, L. casei Imunitass®, an exclusive probiotic culture that has been specially selected by Danone and studied for more than 15 years."
There were a lot of flavours to choose from on my supermarket shelf, with 8 bottles costing £2.58 . My supermarket had them on offer at 2 packs for £4.00 - and I figured I'd buy two packs to allow me to give these a weeks trial on two bottles a day . With each bottle being only a tiny little thing, only 100g, this seemed quite expensive - but, if it actually did work for me in some way, then it might be worth it .
I selected two packs of the Orange flavour . The eight bottles are attached with a cardboard casing,and it's easy to remove each bottle from the cardboard as you need it . The card casing contains all the relevant info - ingredients, nutritional info, a bit of information on the ways this product is beneficial, and the manufacturers information .
The bottles have bright orange colouring on them and a picture of an orange, it's easy to see what flavour these are . Each bottle has an easly removable foil lid that simply peels off with no fuss.
Upon taking a sniff, these do smell pleasantly citrusy - lively orange balanced by a creamy yoghurt flavour . They taste lovely too - very creamly,with sweet orange flavour, not bitter or sharp at all . The bottle only takes two gulps to be finished - which is something of a shame, as it really did taste like a lovely orange yoghurt, and I think i'd have liked something bigger - but I guess with each bottle containing a set amount of the healthy bacteria, I wouldn't want to over indulge .
I took one bottle at breakfast, and one bottle as I went to sleep each night, and I did this for eight days ?
So, after a week, did I notice any significant difference ? Well, the product is meant to work by balancing out bacteria levels in your gut, keeping the bad bacteria out and making sure you have loads of the good stuff . Apparently the gut is where most of your immune system is centred .
I do tend to suffer with diarhhea and a griping stomach occasionally - but it's hard to say whether this product made any difference or not. Theres no way to tell if I would have suffered had I not used the product, but I certainly didn't have any problems with either while using this . It was really too soon to judge after just one week, so I purchased another weeks supply.
After a further week, I still hadn't had any problems - even taking into account I had a couple of rather spicy kebabs, which usually would result in me sitting hunched over clutching my stomach and moaning . I didn't have any problems at all, and two straight weeks without any stomach ache for me is pretty unusual. I also noticed I was farting a little less!
So, after a two week trial of this, I can say that for me, it has worked . And, on the offer I bought them on, (which seems to be a regular offer in asda) they cost 25 pence a bottle, so I was only spending 50 pence a day . I have used them again, and they continue to keep my stomach relatively calm .
I forgot to buy some a week ago, and a few days into the week, I had an interview for college. My bodies normal nervous reaction is to give me an incredibly upset stomach - which it did . So tomorrow, when I do my weekly shop, I'll be making sure to pop another pack or two of these into my basket .
Each bottle contains 74 calories, 1.5 g of fat, and 11.5 grams of sugar .
Overall, highly recommended- they taste yummy, aren't too expensive and don't contain too many calories . However, I dislike the high sugar figure - thats 13 % of my RDA per bottle, and I drink 2 a day . So, for that, I'll be deducting one star.
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