I wanted to try Actimel yoghurt because I had heard they would be a good way of keeping my digestive system healthy. I did try one of the Yakult yogurts that does a similar thing a long time ago and to be honest I really don't like the taste. So I was a bit nervous about trying the plain Actimel yoghurt but I did think this strawberry one maybe sounded quite nice. These little drinking yogurts are not cheap but they do seem be on offer just about everywhere. I paid 1.99 for 8 of the little bottles in Waitrose but there was also multi buy offers on the smaller packs.
So what are these little drink supposed to do for me? I noticed that when the yogurts first came out there was lots of advertising telling us how drinking maybe 1 or 2 every morning would be really really good for your digestive system and would help maintain colonies of healthy bacteria. On the pack that I've got there isn't really any specific claims any more. I don't know why but I'm taking them because I think they may help keep my digestive system healthy. It's hard to tell if it's really working. Maybe if you had something like irritable bowel syndrome you would be able to tell quickly whether these are having an effect. I finished my first pack and I brought another pack of 8 as well and after drinking one of those daily I don't really feel any healthier. But it is quick and easy to drink and tastes nice so whats the harm.
The strawberry taste is actually really nice. You can't see bits of fruit so it has an easy to drink smoothness. It's got a really natural taste too, but a bit sugary so maybe too sweet for some. Mine have added sugar in which seems a bit of a shame because its otherwise quite a healthy product but I suppose you can't have everything.
< br /> I like these yogurts and I'll continue to buy them if I see them on special offer because that's an easy way to maybe do your digestive system some good and if at the end of the day they don't do anything for me then they are just an enjoyable part of my breakfast. They are not too filling and have a great texture so I would recommend them to a friend.
I hadn't tried Acitmel before, I normally bought Tesco's own brand drinking yogurt. However I was advised by my doctor to try this, I suffer from stomach problems and was advised that this could be useful for me. I bulk buy my Actimel in Costco where you can get 12 for £2.79, they are also available in supermarkets and come in a wide variety of flavours including; vanilla, plain, coconut, blueberry and tropical to name a few.
Actimel contains L. Casei (Danone) as well as the normal cultures of lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus which are found in all yogurts. The special L. Casei (Danone) culture is specific to Danone and only used in their products. L. Casei in other strains is found naturally inside the intestine. Every little bottle of Actimel contains over 10 billion L. Casei (Danone). The probiotics contained in Actimel have in studies been shown to benefit the intestine and have an effect on the immune system. It can therefore help to support the bodies defences.
Actimel is suitable for ages 3 and over.
The nutritional information is;
Nutrition Value Per 100g
Energy (kJ) 316
Energy (kcal) 75
Protein (g) 2.7
Carbohydrates (g) 11.8
of which sugars (g) 11.6
Fat (g) 1.5
of which saturates (g) 1.1
Sodium (g) Trace
Fibre (g) 0.04
Each serving of Actimel comes in a small plastic bottle with a foil lid. The lid clearly displays the use by date. The bottle is coloured to correspond the flavour so strawberry is red. When you peal back the foil you can smell the strawberries. The smell is not dissimilar to milkshake. The yogurt itself actually tastes really creamy and fruity. It has a nice consistency not to thick. You can finish a bottle easily in two mouthfuls.
After drinking this for several days I did notice some benefits to my health, I suffer from excess stomach acids as well as IBS and a lot of foods can irritate the lining of my stomach causing it to produce too much acid giving me a horrible heavy sicky feeling. I noticed that this helped ease the acid in my stomach. It is also low in fat and actually really tasty it's great with a cereal bar for breakfast on the go.
I would definately recommend trying these as compared to just normal drinking yogurt they do make a difference to the way you feel.
I am now going to try other flavours.
As one of those lazy people who is always looking for a quick fix to getting healthy, I have been drinking Danone Actimel for some time now.
At first I downed these drinks for their health benefits as they claim to contain the probiotic culture, L.casei Imunitass, which supports the body's natural defences thus boosting the immune system. But I soon discovered they taste really good so now I drink them because I like them, and any benefits to my health are a bonus.
The best way of describing the taste is like a runny, slightly watery strawberry yogurt. They taste sweet but not artificial, like so many strawberry flavoured things. They have a smooth consistency with no bits to get stuck in my teeth.
Danone Actimel come in 100ml bottles, available in packs of six, eight and 12, with a six pack costing around £2.50. This is expensive but they are often on offer which makes them affordable.
They are handy for taking to work or having on the run, due to their compact size. The bottles have a peel off foil lid, meaning they can't be resealed, but this has never been a problem for me as I always find them easy to drink in one go.
Each little bottle contains the following;
Energy: 74 Kcal
Carbohydrates: 11.5g, of which sugars 11.4g
Fat: 1.5g, of which saturates 1.1g
These little drinks come in 13 flavours - blueberry, cherry, coconut, multifruit, orange, original, raspberry, strawberry and vanilla.
There is also a low fat version in strawberry, raspberry, peach and mango and original.
I think it's worth trying these drinks as they taste great so it won't do any harm even if the benefits aren't really visable. I can't say if these have made me healthier, but I can vouch for their taste and convenience.
Everyday I drink actimel in the morning and a lot of people often ask me what it does and why I drink it, so I thought by reviewing it this would answer those questions.
First of all it is a small pot of yoghurt/milkshake like substance. You simply peal back the foil lid and drink it; it may take a few gulps down.
I decided to try actimel after I saw an advert for it a few years ago. It showed people drinking it and then running wild around the place. It also offered money back if you didn't notice a change about you in two weeks. The advert over exaggerated but when I take it all the time I feel more alert and active and if I go away and don't have it for a few days or don't have it for a few days in general it makes me feel a little ill as I feel like my body isn't fully protected.
It is known as a "pro-biotic" yogurt drink and is made by Danone. It is said that actimel provides you with good bacteria that your body needs.
I also like the taste of actimel, I only drink the strawberry one though, but those of you who don't like strawberry could maybe try one of the other flavours and let me know what you think?
I would recommended giving actimel a try, even if just for the two weeks it is said to start making a difference.
You can buy it at most supermarkets and it comes in a variety of different pack sizes, although all bottles of actimel contain 100mls.
When I don't have a chance to go to the Tesco for my favourite Coconut tasting Actimel I have to choose from Sainsbury's variety which is quite poor. Most of the times I buy Strawberry flavoured Actimel. I drink it for 3 years now every morning and I still find it very useful for my digestion.
About Danone Actimel
On the wrapper of the product you can read that it is a scientifically proven product that helps support your body's defences. Actually it is a kind of yogurt that has no fruit pieces in it just flavoured. It contains L.casei Imunitass which is a unique bacteria that helps to top up the good bacteria. For more information visit www.actimel.co.uk
It is available in 13 different flavours: Blueberry, Cherry, Coconut, Forest Fruit, Multifruit, Orange, Original, Strawberry, Vanilla, Original Fat free, Peach and Mango Fat free, Raspberry fat free and Strawberry fat free.
Price and package
Usually I do the shopping in Sainsbury's but they store only Strawberry, Original and Multifruit Actimels plus 2-3 fat free versions so my favourites I buy in Tesco. I buy two packs of 8 for 4 pounds in both of the supermarkets. One single pack of 8 yogurts costs 2.47 pounds in Tesco or 2.64 in Sainsbury's. My husband drinks it only occasionally but I drink it every day. The Danone Actimel is packed in little white plastic bottles. The bottles are not transparent at all. All the bottles contain 100 g probiotic yogurt. They are sealed with a silver foil (I think it is made of aluminium). There are packs of 4 or 8 but when they are on offer you can se packs of 12 as well.
The Actimel Strawberry
Actually it is very similar to the other ones the only difference to the original is its strawberry taste. It is slightly light pink coloured and thin as a drinking yogurt. There aren't any fruit pieces in it. For me the strawberry taste seems to be artificial. I think you get the same result if you add squash to your drinking yogurt.
Yogurt, Skimmed Milk, Liquid Sugar (Sucrose: 8.4%), Strawberry (2.1%), Dextrose, Stabiliser (Modified Tapioca Starch), Flavouring, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), L.Casei Imunitass® Cultures, Colour (Anthocyanins)
Contains milk. Suitable for the family, from the age of 3 upwards. Suitable for vegetarians.
I think the strawberry taste of Actimel is not the best match. It seems to be quite artificial. Usually I like strawberry yogurts - especially the ones made by Danone - but this one doesn't belong to my very favourites.
I am lactose intolerant which means that I can have only a little quantity of normal dairy products because I don't have enough enzyme to digest lactose. I found that Danone's products contain ideal quantity of lactose for me not to suffer. So I can drink an Actimel every day without any harm and I find them really useful to my digestion.
Although I don't really like this strawberry taste ocasionally I buy it because there are worse matches within Actimel's varieties (eg. Multifruit).
I purchased a 12 pack of strawberry flavour Danone Actimel from my local Morrisons store a couple of days ago, having never tried them before, but seen all the adverts on tv, claiming that Actimel can help the body's defences. This was my my main reason for purchasing this pack, as my wife is a vegetarian, but a vegetarian who does not particularly like vegetables, and so her diet mainly consists of soups, crisps, jacket potatoes, cheses, and pasta based meals. I therefore do have my concerns, and am often on the lookout for products such as actimel, which can help to make up for her lack of meat, fish, and vegetables, and keep her energised, and healthy.
Having tried, and failed with a very similar product - Yakult - which my wife didn't like the taste of, (and I have to admit, I am put off it, just by its name!), I was a little wary of buying these incase she did not like them, especially a 12 pack, but the offer at morrisons was too good to turn down, a 12 pack for £2:99, as opposed to almost £2 for a 4 pack! Added to the fact the the best before date was almost 3 weeks away, I was sure they would not go to waste.
So what is Actimel??
The Actimel pots are a 100gm bottles of yoghurt, almost milkshake like liquid, coming in a range of fruity flavours.
Actimel claim on both their packagin and their website that:
Factors such as stress, lack of sleep, an unpredictable diet and ageing can weaken your body's defences. With 10 billion of the exclusive L.casei Imunitass culture in every bottle, consuming 1-2 bottles of Actimel everyday can help support the body's defences, as part of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
'Some studies show that Actimel can help improve the response and/or activity of certain immune cells'
** Verdict **
The Actimel bottles are very tasty, and quite resreshing to drink, my wife and I have had 1 bottle each morning for the past 5 days, and up to yet, neither of us can feel any noticable difference. Maybe this isn't long enough to show any results, but it is something different, and healthy to add to our diets, and is a refreshing, tasty, and hopefully good start to each morning.
Nutrional wise, each 100gm bottle contains just:
11.8 grams of Carbs
2.7 grams of protein
Overall a tasty refreshing drink, contained within a small bottle, which is easy to pack as part of a daily packed lunch. The cost is a little expensive in my opinion, even when on offer, but if it is really improving the body's defences, then it is surely a price worth paying.
Other flavours in the range inclue:
Fat Free range
Thanks for reading
© l500589 2010
The New Year has brought a new me, it's time to get fit and healthy and to start it off I'm onto Danone Actimel every day of the week. I've decided I could spend money on material things but it's also a waste of money, so now I'd rather foot the bill on some healthy products.
This flavour is definitely my favourite, the strawberry flavour is spot on, and tastes like real strawberries! Not too sweat and doesn't have any bits. That's not a problem because I wouldn't mind, like say bits in pure orange juice, but it means it slides down in one big gulp and I'm good for the day. I know this is supposed to be to top up your good bacteria, but at times I just see it as a nice tasty treat!
The reason I buy this is to get the good bacteria in the morning to kick start my defenses for the day. It's like taking vitamins, though I'm hopeless at that because I always seem to forget, however this is something I can take out when I have my breakfast in the morning and I don't have to think about it too much.
If you're a calorie counter you might be surprised to find out this has 75 calories per pot. It seems a lot, but really, cut down on a biscuit or two and replace it with this scrumptious yogurt drink and you're helping your body out, rather than eating those biscuits that will put on the pounds.
These aren't cheap, but like I said, it's my health at the end of the day. At around £2-2.50 for eight pots you'll want to look out for the offers when you get two packs for cheaper. It's quite an expense but think of your health! One way of making sure you top up your bad bacteria with some good ones!
I remember being introduced to Actimel a few years ago after seeing an advert about them on the television. I loved the Strawberry one , and even started buying them , but then after a while , I decided that they were too expensive at around £3 for a pack of eight drinks , and so I stopped buying them. However, rather than dieting to lose weight , I have decided to eat more healthily , and so am trying to be healthy and lose weight that way rather than dieting. So , when I came across Actimel , the other week in the supermarket , I remember how I used to love these , and how they are good for you , and so I bought some.
Actimel are made by a French company called Danone. Actimel is a pro-biotic type drink which is available in thirteen different flavours , including strawberry , blueberry and coconut. The drink contains approximately 10 billion good bacteria, per 100ml bottle , which helps support your immune system. These drinks are available in packs of six , eight and twelves. A pack of six costs around £2.74 which I think is quite expensive.
Each little bottle is made out of plastic , and has a foil lid which is easy to peel off. The bottles are white although , the colour of the label depends on which flavour you have . I have the strawberry one and so the label on this particular bottle is red with the famous Actimel and Danone logos as well as an image which consists of a green hill , with the yellow sun appearing and a blue sky. There is also an image of two strawberries. The bottle is very attractive ; in fact the shade of red used is one of my favourite colours and so that makes it extra appealing to me. There is also an outer-packaging ; consisting of a carboard material , it has the same logos etc , but also contains the nutritional content and explains how the drink works.
The drink itself is a pale pinky colour. Taking a sip , I am greeted with a lovely strawberry flavour ; not too sweet , just pleasant. The only way I can think to describe the texture is like a 'thin' or 'runny' yoghurt. In fact it tastes exactly like strawberry yoghurt , smooth with no bits , but isn't as thick , perhaps that's where the name 'yoghurt drink' comes from.
Each 100ml bottle contains seventy five calories , which may seem a lot , but taking into acount that this drink can be consumed as a snack , means that it isn't that bad at all. There is only 1.5g (2% of your recommended daily allowance) per bottle which is good , because it means that it is suitable for those on a low fat diet. There is 0.1g of salt per bottle , and shockingly there is 11.6g of sugar (13% of your recommended daily allowance) per bottle , which isn't very good news , as it means that there are approximately three teaspoons of sugar per 100ml!
One thing I like about these drinks is the taste , and recently , I have been drinking them purely because of the taste , and forgetting that for a while I drank them only for the health benefits. I havn't noticed whether these 'so called benefits' have benefited me , I don't suppose I'll ever know. By this , I mean that , I might catch a cold and could then say 'these drinks don't work' , but on the other hand they may have helped stopped me getting a different cold , and because I didn't get the cold , I wouldn't have known about it , and so maybe they do work....if that makes sense!
Something I like about this drink is the fact that , although it is quite light , it is very filling , and usually when I'm hungry between meals , I can't just have one snack , I have to have a few snacks , (which eventually probably make up a meal!!) , whereas when I'm hungry with these drinks , I can drink one , and feel full , so I would say that they definately help with hunger spangs , which those of you on diets might find helpful.
According to the drink itself , this product is suitable for everyone over the age of three , which I think is good as it means almost everyone can benefit from the 'health boosting bacteria' that these drinks contain.
Although I always drink mine in one go , one thing which some people may find a problem , especially children , is the fact , that once the foil lid is 'peeled' off the top of the bottle (in other words , once the bottle is opened) ,is can't be resealed and so that made be a problem. However after typing my previous point , I thought , maybe you could wrap your own kitchen foil around the lid , if you aren't going to drink it all at once.
I would definately recommend these little drinks ; especially now that it's 'flu/cold season' and so you may be after something that may boost your body's defences.
Thanks for reading!
December 15th 2009
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
At the risk of my opening line sounding like I'm doing stand up, this is a true story....
My Mum and I were offered a sample of Actimel Strawberry drink, I sipped on it and thought it tasted really nice. Just like Fromage Frais but runnier. The sales lady launched straight into her speech out it, did we "know it only has 1.5% fat, how great is that? She has 3 children and she gives them a bottle each every single morning as its good for them etc. My Mum who has never been on to get swept away by sales pitches and who is also a diabetic so knows that most of the "low fat" products out there are actually packed with sugar, asked "how much sugar is in them though"? The lady said she didnt know so had a look at the packet. She then got confused at first as she thought that she couldn't possibly be reading it right, is there really 14.2 grams of sugar PER a little bottle? She was right though, there is nearly 3 tea spoons of sugar in every single little bottle. She would never think to give her kids three spoonfuls of sugar in their tea to start the day yet she had been duped by marketing to believe what she was giving her kids was good for them. Her shocked response was "OMG, they are never having them again", then said "oh, I'm meant to be selling these".
Needless to say we didn't buy any, and I can't see her buying any more either!
Onto the facts though,
In one bottle there is 85 calories, 1.5grams of fat and 14.2 grams of sugar in a bottle. Some people say the "probiotic" in it helps, others say it doesn't. I guess its up to you as to whether you feel you might benefit from it or not, but if I was in need of pro biotics I would nip down to my local health store and buy some capsules which are stronger and not so sweet!
You get 8 in a pack for around £2.60 depending which supermarket your in, although some are doing 2 packs for £4
I have just finished drinking one of these. My mother swears by them, so during my next supermarket visit I thought I would give them a try!
Now, I don't know about the research behind probiotic drinks, but I am a little skeptical about their health benifits, which i think may be slim (or placebo), but they certainly are not going to do me any harm! I am not drinking this for health benefits.
Each little pot has a foil lid which is easy to peel off, but once off, cannot be put back on (I drink them very quickly, but my children often drink half and leave some for later).
The drink itself is delicious, tasting just as you would expect a strawberry yogurt to taste, nice and fruity, but not too sweet, and without the aftertaste of artificial sweeteners. really tasty. The drink is smooth and creamy, with no bits of fruit.
These have also been a big hit with all four of my children, so this could turn into a once a week treat, as one pack of 6 means that the whole lot is gone in one sitting, and I am certainly not prepared to buy 7 packs a week!
I am loving these for my youngest daughter though, who has never been a big breakfast eater, so one of these with a piece of fruit means that I feel as though she is getting a decent breakfast, otherwise she would be happy to leave the house having eaten nothing, and then complain half an hour later that she is hungry. But she finds these little (or 'cute' in her words) bottles so appealing that I can tempte her with one early in the morning.
Definately worth a try!
Danone Actimel Strawberry is a probiotic yoghurt drink, with reported health benefits. It has the added advantage of having a lovely taste, and thus can be enjoyed as a refreshing snack at any time of the day! I will start by discussing a little about what probiotics are, and go on to what my opinion of this particular brand.
Our gut contains a number of different bacteria, commensals, which are an essential defense against pathogens, as part of our innate (built-in) immune system. These commensals complement our immune system by providing a form of competition to invasive bacteria, usually out-numbering the pathogens, to the extent that the pathogenic bacteria are starved of essential nutrients and kept at bay. Danone Actimel attempts to support the natural commensal bacteria with probiotic L. casei Imunitass, which is said to possess all the sufficient means to reach your intestines.
Probiotics are meant replenish the natural gut microflora and help in the manner described above. They are now also being investigated for any other possible benefits, being reported to have some effect in reducing the symptoms of inflammatory diseases of the bowels, and preventing bacterial induced diarrhoea.
However, many people are sceptical to their benefits, suggesting they are a seemingly unnecessary addition to a healthy individual. It has been postulated that probiotics may be beneficial to individuals who have had their intestinal microflora depleted, from, for example, antibiotic administration, but for the well-fed, healthy majority, their natural gut commensal content is sufficient.
Danone's Strawberry Actimel possesses these potential benefits, along with its own characteristics. The yoghurt drink has a lovely taste, with a texture similar to a light milkshake. It can however, especially when not shaken, have a slightly powdery feel to it, which is not always nice. I find the 100g individual packs highly convenient, with each drink being just more than a single gulp, which means it can be quickly enjoyed at any time.
Danone provide this product in a number of flavours-
* Forest Fruits
An individual bottle contains only 74 calories, which is only 4% of the recommended daily allowance, so the snack should not heap on the pounds!
Energy (kcal), 74, Protein (g), 2.9, Carbohydrates (g), 11.5, Fat (g), 1.5, Fibre (g), Trace, Sodium (g), Trace.
The 8 pack can be bought at most supermarkets with the 2 for £4 offer, which is not a bad price, but not cheap either. The drink is cheaper than its equivalents from other brands, such as the Flora pro-active yoghurt drink at £6 for 14 bottles. There are many probiotic alternatives however, at cheaper prices, such as simple yoghurt.
Overall, I do like the idea that I may be assisting my immune system, and do buy Danone Strawberry Actimel (my favourite flavour), on a regular basis, preferring it to the alternatives, given its price, taste and ease of administration!
I was a bit warey when the whole trend came out about Probiotic drinks, but now am an avid drinker!
The Actimel range is really nice as I think there is a flavour for everyone! The Strawberry one which is the one I reviewed, is very sweet, so perhaps not for everyone but perfectly palitable!
The drinke itself is very think in consistancy and light on the stomach, especially if you are not much of a breakfast person! The effects are not noticeable really, perhaps if you felt a little bloated when you woke then by middle morning you may feel a little less so, but apart from that, there are only good effects on the digestive system!
I have also tried the tropical fruit flavour and that was very nice, if not again a little sweet, but I think that these are nice drinks, perhaps a little pricey, but worth the money!
Danone Actimel is a delicious tasting probiotic drink that is very good for your digestive system. I drink this on a regular basis, and also drink another brand, which is nowhere near as good and tasty as this one. (I'm talking about Sainsbury's kids drink).
This nice little yogurt drink comes in a nifty little bottle of 100ml, I think. It will fit in your handbag, manbag or your lunchbox. However, make sure it is kept rather cool, it won't taste particularly great if it's warm!
The liquid of this drink is very smooth and thin, and actually tastes really nice and sweet. This drink, of course is strawberry flavoured, and so actually tastes like strawberry compared to other yoghurt drinks! It also stops that bloated feeling (for me and other relatives).
The price is reasonable, I buy these drinks in packs of 6, which lasts me. But, it is a shame that there isn't 7 in a pack, since I go shopping every week.
In summary, I would say that this probiotic drink is.......lovely. I would probs recommend it to people who need a little healthy bacteria boost!
Thanks for reading!
Actimel is a probiotic yogurt drink sold in 100 ml bottles. This particular version is strawberry flavour. I like this drink a lot. It all began couple of years ago. I watched TV ads promoting this brand. I think the message was a million good bacteria in one bottle. These germs Lactobacillus casei were found by some science researcher years ago and now have been added in this drink to improve our immune systems.
Actimel has become part of my daily diet. I don't know for sure if it has improved my immune system because I don't see any changes in myself.
I suppose this drink has to be good for me because the company selling it is advertising it that way and the government hasn't stopped them from doing that.
Another advantage of this bacterium is that when added to beans it stops people from doing a lot of farts.
Beware of the sugar levels in this drink as some varieties contain more sugar than regular coke.
Actimel is sold in quite a few different flavours. It is sold in packs of 4, 6 and 12.