“ Brand: Danone / Type: Yoghurts „
For about three years now I start my day with an Actimel and a coffee. Well the coffee was missing while I was pregnant because me, the coffee addict hated even the coffee cups not to mention the coffee scent. So Actimel accompanied me for three years and I tried almost all of the 13 varieties. It is available in the following 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.
Usually I buy them in Tesco because there is a large variety of them available but when I don't have a chance o go to the Tesco by car I buy the Actimel in our local Sainsbury's. There are only 5-6 flavours available. 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.
Vanilla flavoured Actimel belongs to my favourite ones. It has similar taste to the original one with strong vanilla scent and medium vanilla taste. It is simply perfect. Its ingredients are as follows: Yogurt, Skimmed Milk, Liquid Sugar (Sucrose: 9.9%), Dextrose, Stabiliser (Modified Tapioca Starch), Flavouring, L.Casei Imunitass® Cultures, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid). Contains milk. Suitable for the family, from the age of 3 upwards. Suitable for vegetarians.
This drinking probiotic yogurt comes in white plastic bottles that are recyclable. They are sealed with a silver foil (I think it is made of aluminium). One bottle is enough for a day and it contains 100 g drinking yogurt. It contains L.casei Imunitass which is a unique bacteria that helps to top up the good bacteria. 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. For more information visit www.actimel.co.uk
I really like vanilla taste also in ice creams so vanilla flavoured yogurt has pleasant taste for me. I think it is a perfect match. It is slightly sweeter than the other yogurts because of the vanilla. I suggest you trying it.
I know its good for you and that it's allegedly the right way to start the day, but I really don't like breakfast as a meal. I would be quite content with just coffee and fruit juice until such time as I'm really awake and looking forward to food.
However I have to encourage him one to each his breakfast and take his diabetic pill before trotting out the door, so this means I must make the effort too. I discovered Actimel about a year ago and have been using on a daily basis ever since.
Personally I prefer the more distinctive flavours (probably because the taste buds are still not properly awake) such as vanilla, coconut, cherry and strawberry. These all come in packs of 8, except the strawberry where the options for 4 or 12 exist too. I have never tried the unflavoured versions since somehow they do just not appeal. I wish they were sold in variety multipacks since whichever flavour I choose I am still slightly tired of it by the end of the pack, and this is the main reason I rotate between flavours.
All the advertising and indeed the scientific evidence ( full links to the learned papers in various microbiological, medical and biochemical journals are available on the website) point to the yogurt drink being good for you, so what exactly is it?
Well initially it seems to be a standard yogurt recipe, which as we all know is a product derived from the fermentation of milk. Then comes the difference, a probiotic is added. This probiotic is in fact a culture of living organisms. The World Health Organisation defines probiotics as: "live micro-organisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host" (WHO 2002).
For foods to be called probiotic, they must have the following features:
They must contain a sufficient number of these 'good' bacteria that are still alive and active at the end of the shelf-life of the product.
These bacteria must be proven to survive the strong acids in the stomach.
The bacteria within them that cause the probiotic effect must be identified and named as being of a specific type and strain.
The microorganisms referred to in this definition are non-pathogenic bacteria (small, single celled organisms which do not promote or cause disease. They are considered "friendly germs," due to benefits to the colon and the immune system. . Although probiotic supplements have also been used with farm animals, most are produced for human consumption in the form of dairy products containing two types of microbes--lactobacilli and bifid bacteria. The Actimel probiotic is in fact Lactobacillus casei immunitass apparently a strain selected for its greater tolerance to stomach acidity than cultures used in alternative products.
Well now you know its good for you how does it taste and does it work?
The flavours I prefer tend to be distinctive and so mask the 'twang' of the artificial sweeteners used in these products and many others. Each pot is only 100ml, or 3 gulps in size and just slips down. The little pot is stated to contain some 10 million of these 'good' bacteria. As to it working I am not so sure....
I try and have a healthy lifestyle, avoiding stress, exercising and getting regular sleep all of which are said to support your immune system. Actimel is a bit of an insurance policy, for when I lapse, and I don't want to risk suddenly catching something horrid just because I stop.
This review is published on both Ciao and Dooyoo under the same author.
Thanks for reading.