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      24.03.2010 00:40
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      Yakult is a dairy milk based drink produced by fermenting milk in a special strain of friendly bacteria, Lactobacillus casei Shirota. It is supposed to help maintain healthly levels of intestinal flora by using up resources used by bad bacteria and candida albicans, therefore allowing good bacteria to thrive.

      I noticed improved digestion and reduced stomach discompfort about 1 weeks after I started consuming the product, apparently it takes around 2 weeks for the bacteria to colonise the gut but after 1 week it must have gotten rid of most of the bad bacteria. Standard Yakult contains more sugar per 100ml than coke but due to its small size it is more benficial than detremental.

      It can be purchased in supermarkets and obtained from milkmen but is hard to find anywhere else. It msot often comes in packs of 7 for around £2.50. I would recommend Yakult or its sister product Yakult Light

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        24.02.2010 18:23
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        Great Heathy Drink

        I have known Yakult for a very long time, I drink them very often when I was young, my parents love them as well. When I started to hit my teens, I didn't bother drinking any healthy drinks anymore but recently I found my self going back to the same brand I used to enjoy and it's the one and only Yakult. I'm now in my early thirty's so I'm starting to be more aware about those healthy drink that might help me in the long run.


        Yakult contains Lactobacillus casei Shirota, a friendly bacteria that were Develop by Dr Minoru Shirota. It's been around 70 years, initially produced in Japan but its now made in Holland for distribution in Europe.


        Yakult is a probiotic drink that is full of good bacteria which help keep your gut healthy. The good bacteria is strong enough to survive the acid in the stomach and reach the intestines alive in sufficient numbers to help support your own good bacteria. Having them on a daily basis can help keep your gut healthy which means stronger natural defences.


        Yakult is available in most supermarket and comes in a pack of 7 (65ml )pots. It cost about £2.60 a pack, quite expensive that puts off many consumers. It comes in a small frosted colorless plastic pot with red simple print which looks quite cheap. When it comes to taste, It has a unique sweet malty taste which gives a savoury edge. It might not be everyone's cup of tea but It really works for me and my family.


        Yakult is proven to help the body. Definitely good for those who have any stomach problems. A healthy drink that is always available in most supermarket. It's freshly sealed and more tasty to drink when it is chilled. I prefer drinking them in the morning to clean up my digestion. My family loves it as well. I'm really glad that It was introduced to me by my parents and would love to pass it on to my children. There is also a light version which contains less sugar , so why don't you have a go, a freshly made healthy drink for everybody.

        Thank you for reading ;-D

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        19.02.2010 16:17
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        Probably worth a try every once in a while to give yourself a boost

        Yakult is a fermented milk drink that contains 6.5 billion "good" bacteria (L-Casei Shirota) per 65ml dose. It originated in Japan in 1935 and is now produced in the Netherlands. One pack of seven mini bottles will set you back around £2.65 and it is "recommended" by the manufacturers that you drink one bottle per day to hel "keep your gut healthy and supposrt your natural defences".

        On the whole I am against these bacteria filled expensive little bottles that now appear in all supermarkets- whether it be Yakult or Actimel or a supermarket's own "probiotic" drink that promises to give you a "healthier gut" if you shell out in the region of £2.70-£4 a week. But, I am taking antibiotics at the moment and the one time that I will succumb to these little drinks is when I have to take antibiotics as I believe they might go some way towards reducing the side effects of the dreaded antibiotic tablets!.

        Nutritionally- Per 65ml bottle is 45 calories, 11.2g carbohydrates (sugars) and 0.1g fat. This is quite a lot of sugar as these drinks are not a meal or even substantial. They are a side thought, you would just drink a bottle of this then still eat what you would be eating for that day.

        The ingredients do not look too "healthy" when you first read them: water, skimmed milk (reconstituted), glucose-fructose syrup, sugar, flavouring. And the product on the whole looks like watery soya milk (it is an almost see through off-white almondy looking liquid). The taste is almost like malt, but it is a thin cold liquid and it is really over before you get the chance to dwell on how it tastes. It does not leave any weird aftertaste which is always a good thing.

        Each bottle has a mini foil lid that you simply peel back and then you drink the contents. It tastes sweet and I really like the taste of Yakult due to its sweetness and the 65ml dose is the right size to drink in one go without it being too sickly. These are sold in the chiller sections of supermarkets and you keep them in the fridge.

        Due to the price, I will only buy this when I am ill or taking antibiotics- my theory is as antibiotics strip you of all your good bacteria as well as the bad bacteria, as Yakult contains "friendly" bacteria, I am in some small temporary way counteracting the damage the antibiotics might be doing to my good bacteria stores! I have noticed the side effects of my antibiotics is mainly stomach pains and awful nausea.

        To test my theory, I have bought some Yakult today. As soon as I had drunk one of the little bottles, my nausea reduced- of course this could just be due to me having drank something sweet or it could have been for some other reason, but I am happy to believe it is the Yakult helping me out a little! I know it is temporary and give it half an hour or so i'll probably be feeling ill again, but I would like to think all the L-Casei Shirota is tearing around my digestive system trying to patch things up a little....

        But, as soon as the pack is finished and my antibiotics are finished, it is unlikely I will keep buying this every week as £2.65 a week is a bit steep for me. In the past, I have drank probiotic type drinks for extended periods then I noticed I was getting stomach pains when I stopped drinking them so I am quite sceptical about if they are worth drinking all the time or if it is best to just buy them once in a while to give yourself a little boost. We will all have our own theories about this. But, having tried other brands, Yakult is certainly my favourite.

        I would recommend you try this product as I think the original versions of established products are always worth a try. I am more willing to believe yakult is actually good for you than I am to believe some new chocolate flavoured supermarket own brand alternative that has loads of artificial sweeteners in it is going to have the same health benefits.

        Overall, I think this is worth a try. the first time I bought it I thought it was going to be vile like cod liver oil or something but was pleasantly surprised.

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          03.08.2009 22:13
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          one a day could keep the doctor at bay

          yakult any one ?

          more like yukult... i cant say this is very nice at all.. and as for what flavour it is i cannot tell you that either .. the reason being everymouthful tastes different.. they vary in sweetness flavour and thickness. however i do know many people do enjoy them as they are almondy and peachy as i have heard some people say although these are not flavours i have tasted whilst drinking them.

          these are proven to help the body because they are good healthy bacteria and therefore i would recommend one of these every day to anyone..although i am not a fan of the taste i do see/ feel the difference they have made now after a few weeks and so have many other people i have spoken to. they help the digestive system really well and therefore your body can process your food far more effectively.

          i would recmmend these to anyone who is ona diet and also has a problem with theur digestive system i.e bloating or constupation/diaorea e.t.c

          there is also a light version which contains less sugar than the normal one.

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            14.05.2009 14:05
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            Would buy again especially if on offer

            I'm quite good at eating healthy food due to being diabetic, and really do try to eat yogurts regularly but somehow fail. When I worked full time PC (pre-children) I used to take a packed lunch (made by my own fair hands) and this included a yogurt which I always ate and enjoyed. However, since reducing my working hours down to nil I find I just can't eat a yogurt at home for some reason...so I have recently been buying these little bottles of miracle juice known as Yakult.

            So what are they?~
            Okay, here's the technical bit: Yakult contains a bacteria called Lactobacillus Casei. Bacteria? Yes, but this is Good bacteria what your body needs to make your gut function healthily.

            What it contains~
            It's basically a fermented, skimmed milk drink that is made up of water; skimmed milk; glucose-fractose syrup; sugar; flavouring, and the scary sounding lactobacilus casei I just mentioned.

            What it tastes like~
            It's hard to define really- it has a milky/fruity taste to it. Kind of odd but surprisingly very pleasant. The consistency is very thin and not 'cloggy' like most yogurt drinks tend to be.

            Packaging~
            The thing that caught my eye in the supermarket was the fact that Yakult comes in what can only be described as mini milk bottles.
            I think it was the cuteness of this sight that lured me to purchase them more than the nutritional value! They are transparent little bottles (65ml) with red writing and a red top, and come in a multipack of 7- all standing side by side in a plastic wrapper with the words YAKULT across the front.

            Price~
            The only bad word I have to say is they are on average near the £3 mark (well £2.80 if we are being picky) which can work out expensive.

            Miscellaneous~
            For more information call 08457697069(local rate) or visit www.yakult.co.uk

            Yakult can be found in the cooler section of supermarkets normally on the yogurt isle and must be kept refrigerated once bought.

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              20.07.2008 16:36
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              maybe worth a try, what with all the good publicity

              I'm a sickly child, and since getting chronic fatigue syndrome about 7 years ago I've tried and tested all the health regimes and products and alternative medicines. Although I wouldn't exactly describe Yakult as a medicine, it's certainly publicised as a miracle cure for IBS and a range of other internal complaints. You would think, indeed, that it would be worth the rather extortionate amout of cash you have to part with to get seven little bottles of the stuff.

              Unfortunately, I've never experienced any effect from these, good or bad. Which is a shame, because the whole premise is so promising and exciting - drink this little bottle and you will feel healthier and brighter and be able to conquer the world. No such luck, I'm afraid - not for me, anyway. Perhaps it does have some invisible effect, but I'm not prepared to fork out for something that tastes nice but doesn't show results. (Like drinking non-alcoholic beer, hehe.)

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              26.06.2005 05:48
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              I am not a breakfast person. The smell of anything cooked before 11am makes me heave, which is bad news when you live with a guy that thinks it’s fine to make fish curries at 7 am. In order to have something to get me going before I stagger bleary eyed out of the house each morning I’m forever trying breakfast replacement products, you know the sort of thing, cereal bars, various kinds of yougurty stuff and little bottles of live bacteria.

              A week or so ago, I was picking up a few bits in the corner shop and was looking for some Actimal, as I’d been favouring this for a while and had finished off my last bottle that morning. I scanned the shelves, high and low but to no avail, they were clean out. Instead, glaring up at me from the bottom of the chillier cabinet was Yakult. What the heck, I thought; I’ll give it a go.

              Yakult is a fermented milk drink that contains Lactobacillus casei Shirota or friendly bacteria, but more about that later. Developed by Dr Minoru Shirota. the drink has been around for about 70 years in some form, initially only produced in Japan it is now made in Holland for distribution in Europe.

              The first thing that struck me about this product was how cheap the packaging looked. At £2.47 for 7 x 65g it’s more expensive than Actimal, (which in Asda currently is £2.38 for 8x100g) but in its thin, cheap, plastic bottle which comes shrink wrapped in yet more cheap looking plastic, it certainly doesn’t look like a premium product. The red print in the bottle looks poor quality and on the pack I have some of it has rubbed off. The use by date was two weeks in advance, and I don’t really think that’s enough for a seven pack, if you are regimented and have one every day it’s ok but that’s not me really.

              So, back to the scientific stuff then. This drink makes the by now familiar claims of pro biotic wonder and their web site, www.yakult.co.uk has some superb information on the health benefits of introducing live bacteria in to your diet. I’m sure most people are familiar with these benefits but for the uninitiated they are supposed to aid digestion, discourage the growth of harmful bacteria and to help produce vitamin B12 and K. The website also mentions this kind of live bacteria could be helpful for sufferers from Irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders.

              So, I hear you cry, it looks naff and it’s supposed to be good for you, but what does it taste like? Well, if you want the short answer, naff! If you want the longer and slightly more considered answer well then it’s very naff indeed. To me this tastes like sterilized milk with sweetener in it. Not all that pleasant in my opinion. I wanted to like it as I hate waste and hated the thought of throwing stuff away but I just couldn’t finish this, I drank two of the seven pack and the rest went in the bin.

              The promotional blurb says that although the drink is milk based this is not a thick milky or yoghurty product, in fact (they say) it tastes more like a thin fruit drink and is quite refreshing. I say it is indeed thin, in a watery insipid kind of way and I’ve never tasted any fruit that tastes like watery milk with sugar in it.

              I short, I think Yakult is quite foul. To be fair I have friends who think other wise and loath the thicker more yoghurty products that I favour. Even if you like the taste of this product there is no getting away from the fact that it’s poorly packaged and poor value for money. Personally I’d rather take my chances with the regular evil kind of bacteria than drink any more of this stuff.

              As I mentioned the web site is full of information and well worth a look if you’re interested in the whole ‘live bacteria’ thing

              Thanks for reading.

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                11.12.2003 01:00
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                We have more than a special relationship with guts in our house. Out of four, three sets of intestines are healthy, the other one exists, thanks to the affects of too many years smoking, in a drastically reduced form. In an effort to get us to keep hold of what we have and she now lacks, my sweet darling partner has suggested we all take steps to improve the general health of our bowels. To this end she has recommended, nay almost insisted, that we drink...stuff. Either pretty, white, sweet tasting er...stuff made by the French and flavoured with tasty berries and fruits of the field or little bottles of brown, sweet 'n' sour tasting milk product stuff, produced in a lab in Japan and flavoured with...the smell of living things. I'm painting a pretty dour picture of life in the Operator household, aren't I. Sharon doesn't line us all up and administer live yoghurt colonic irrigation in a matronly-like manner although, it has to be said that a little bit of hospital discipline wouldn't go amiss around here. It isn't that bad here at all really and nor is the stuff. My stuff of choice is the brown. You've all heard of Yakult, I'm sure. You've all seen the "Hello, hello hello" or the "sad bloke at dinner party pulls bird after displaying impressive gastro-intestinal related useless knowledge" (yep, slip her the old colonic zooflora line and you'll be staying for breakfast; works every time lads, eh?) adverts and probably not taken much notice of them. As is often the case though, the dafter the ad, the more intriguing the product; after all, the company must have faith in the integrity of the product for it to be able to withstand some gentle lampooning. So, what exactly is this product? It's a fermented milk drink. Yoghurt? Mmm...could be but not definitely. In fact, the word "Yakult" is meant to be inspired by the Esperanto word for yoghurt. Rather quirkily
                , the Esperanto word for yoghurt is "jogurt" or "jogurto" so, remembering that the company likes to poke some gentle fun at itself and also that it's Japanese in origin and you may velly well get their train of thought. It was developed some 70 years ago by a Japanese doctor, Dr Minoru Shirota, who had a fascination with the gut. He believed that healthy intestines led to a long and healthy life and, although it's tempting to view him as a rather more inscrutable version of Dr John Harvey Kellog of cornflakes and "Road to Wellville" fame, his approach appeared more scientifically based. In 1930, after working for many years with the theory that maintaining the balance of the gut bacteria (which could be upset by illness and even by the recently discovered antibiotic medicines) would be beneficial, he isolated a strain of bacteria that was resistant to strong stomach acids and could pass through to the intestine unscathed. This bacteria he named Lactobacillus casei Shirota. In 1935, after developing a milk based drink for delivering the bacteria, he started to market it from his surgery. In 1955 the drink went national in Japan, finally arriving in this country in 1996. There is now a big factory in Holland making it for our bit of Europe. In 1962 the company instigated a national delivery network consisting of "Yakult Ladies". There are now 52 000 of them delivering the stuff to homes and workplaces all over Japan. 52 000? Apparently so. A similar scheme is being fostered over here but, instead of employing just ladies, which would, of course be counter to the equal opportunity laws, the company is seeking the assistance of the traditional British milkman; sorry, milk delivery operative. Since everyone nowadays seems to want to waste money and petrol in transporting huge, usually unrecyclable plastic kegs of milk back from the supermarket every Saturday, our friendly milko doesn't have a lot l
                eft to do so, big up to the chaps from Yakult for starting this initiative. I've been buying mine from Steve, our milkman, for about 6 months now and I don't begrudge him the extra penny he charges for the service. I think that's pretty reasonable as the price comparison is made with Morrison's which is already the cheapest supermarket in town. So, what's Yakult like then? Contrary to all the jokey banter above, I actually find it rather nice. It is a touch sweet but also a lttle malty tasting which gives it a somewhat savoury edge. Not sure that sounds too good on second thoughts but it is a pretty unique taste, as you may well have guessed. How about fruity but with no relation to any known fruit? It's the colour and consistency of milky coffee therefore quite unlike any yoghurt I've seen so quite unappetising to look at but, as it comes in a tiny 65 ml bottle, just peel back the foil lid and neck it in one if you don't fancy dwelling on its appearance. You don't notice the colour if it don't touch the sides but as I said before, I do like it so I could quite easily drink a bottle twice the size. There is a "lite" version which those with not quite such a sweet tooth may find more to their taste. At 50 calories per serving, it's not going to turn you lardy either. How does it feel now that I've got billions of so-called "friendly" bacteria swimming about in my gut? Can't say that there are any real major differences. I don't leap out of bed at 5.30 am after 20 minutes sleep but I do find that that little bottle first thing does feel rather refreshing; I'd feel very guilty about lining my gut with fried eggs, lard and black pudding after having swilled down a bottle. I do feel a little fitter but that may have something to do with giving up evil nasty killer fags. Those of a more genteel nature may wish to turn away now: I'm a bit more ahem, regular, than I us
                ed to be and the consistency of my "doings", as my lovely old grandma used to call them, has definitely changed. I really don't need to go into great detail here but the Germans amongst you should now feel satisfied (the Germans have a national pre-occupation with examining their ordure, even to the point of having a little ledge in their lavvies for just such a purpose. Hint: when staying in a German household with one of these lavatories, be aware that the flush usually comes direct from the mains riser so it's at mains pressure. When flushing away your Richards*, close the lid. Work it out. Sorry, that really was rather more detail than was intended). On balance, and balance is what the whole deal with Yakult is about after all, I do get the feeling it's doing me some good. Difficult to actually describe what kind of good it's doing but I know that when I've gone a few days without some, there is a palpable feeling of well-being upon resumption. Not very scientific I know but, then I'm not a scientist, I'm a consumer. Ask your milkperson if they can supply. If your selfishness and greed has meant that you're no longer on a milkround then you'll just have to remember to put it on your shopping list. It comes in handy seven packs so there is no respite, even when you're planning the Sunday morning special cholesterol overdose. At around £2.50 for a week's supply, it's not a bad deal. For one person that is; if the whole family decides they want it then Yakult may well be shooting themselves in the foot if they don't hurry up and offer a family pack at reduced price. I've not seen them on sale individually either, only in the seven packs so, if after the first couple you find you don't like it, it is rather a waste. So what about my other half's drive to be the family with the healthiest innards in South Cheshire? Um, seems I'm the only one with the guts (oh
                dear) to continue with the experiment. One had a brief flirtation with the pretentious (but marginally cheaper) French stuff and another resists all attempts. I'd be interested to see what effect it has on Sharon though. As she only has about two feet of intestine left, we're not even sure she has an indigenous population of friendly bacteria to start with. Could be intriguing. Visit www.yakult.co.uk for loads more info. *Richard the Thirds: Figure it out.

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                Japanese fermented milk drink containing a lactobacillus important for the maintenance of a healthy gut.