Product Type: Danone Dessert / Yoghurts
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Danone Actimel Original 0.1%
Author Name: WackoStepho
Danone Actimel Original 0.1%
Advantages: Helps your natural defences though it didn't really work for me. Good range of flavours.
Disadvantages: Expenisve for what they are.
We've all seen the "Mmmmm Danone!" adverts on the telly but the question is, does Danone Actimel actually work? Or is it a clever plot to trick us all into handing over our cash for a yoghurty drink that doesn't do any good?
I was a little dubious at first I must admit, but one day whilst doing my weekly shop I decided to bite the bullet and bung some in my trolley. There are 10 different flavours of Actimel: Blueberry, Cherry, Coconut, Multifruit, Orange, Raspberry, Strawberry, Vanilla and Original. There's also 4 fat free flavours: Original, Peach and Mango, Raspberry and Strawberry, all of which are 0.1% fat, so not really fat free but darn well close enough lol. I opted for the original Original :)
Actimel comes in pots of 100g, though you drink it rather than eat it. The Original flavour contains: Yogurt, Skimmed milk, Sugar/Liquid sugar (sucrose 7.3%), Dextrose, L.casei Danone culture (Lactobacillus casei DN 114001) so obviously if you're lactose intolerant or vegan this won't appeal to you.
The nutritional values stated for Original per 100g are:
Energy (kJ): 304
Energy (kcal): 72
Protein (g): 3
Carbohydrates (g): 10.5
(of which sugars)(g): 10.5
Fat (g): 1.6
(of which saturates)(g): 1.1
Fibre (g): 0
Sodium (g): Trace
(Equivalent as salt)(g): 0.1
At only 72 calories a pot this is fine for the calorie conscious, but what does Actimel even do? Well it claims to support your body's natural defences and generally make you feel better. But does it work? I hear you cry! I took one of these daily for a couple of weeks and I didn't really feel any better if I'm honest but I think that it probably effects different people in different ways.
The taste was fine, if a bit milky and bland and the texture reminded me of runny or thin yoghurt. I think that perhaps the flavoured ones will offer a more interesting taste. The drink comes in a plain white plastic bottle with a little foil lid that is easy to remove and I find them to be quite filling too so perfect if you want a snack.
However, I personally will not be carrying on with these at £1.56 for a pack of 4. I find them just too expensive for what they are, especially as they didn't seem to effect me in any way. Though I suppose if it supports your body's natural defences it must be very good for you. I felt exactly the same in myself as I did before I started to take them though I know others who swear by Actimel. It must all depend on the person.
Overall an ok tasting drink but expensive, probably worth trying even so as they could help with your defences. :)
Summary: A drink that will probably work for some though didn't seem to effect me.
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