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      23.07.2010 10:06
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      A great alternative to the expensive brands

      Recently my doctor suggested that I try probiotic yoghurts as I have been run down and suffering from stomach upsets and lots of highly unmentionable and embarrassing things. I had been buying Yakult but it seems so expensive to me. And all things considered, I'm not sure that I feel any better having taken it for a few weeks now. Even on offer, it is expensive so I decided that I'd try the Tesco Value range. At 1/3 the price, if it worked it would be a real saver.

      It's not that i'm snobby about Tesco Value things, but I have had some questionable experiences with items from the range before and I was not really holding much hope for the Probiotic Strawberry Yoghurt Drink. I take my probiotic yoghurt for breakfast and I hoped that this one wouldn't taste awful as that would not be a very good start to the day. But I was pleasantly surprised. At 50p for four yoghurts it seemed too good to be true but these were a hit.

      The100g four bottles come packaged in a cardboard sleeve. They are white plastic and have navy blue writing. If you are familiar with the Tesco Value range then you would be able to identify them straight away. However in the fridge section of the store, the more expensive Actimels and Yakults were at eye level. I had to look high up on the top shelf to see these yoghurts. The sleeve contains all the details that you will need. Explaining that the L.acidophilus LA-5 in the yoghurt can preserve a positive balance of friendly bacteria in the digestive system. So personally I thought that I should just give it a go. How different from the expensive brands could it be? The answer was not very!

      Taste wise it was rather synthetic, but no less pleasant than the brands I had tried previously. I think it tastes like Yop! yoghurt drink if you've ever tasted that, like a fake strawberry flavour It's a bit sharp, but it's all gone in a couple of mouthfuls and I don't find that it has an aftertaste. The texture is pretty runny.

      The yogurt is suitable for vegetarians and I was shocked to see exactly how much sugar it contains (I'm always on the look out for sugar levels as I have a managed diet and need to be careful) however the sugar in this range did not seem to affect me negatively which makes me think that some of it it may be fructose from the strawberries rather than added sugar although there definitely is added sugar too- it says so on the sleeve. Each bottle contains 75 calories, 11.7g sugars, 0.7g fat (0.4g saturates) and 0.1g salt.

      I have been happy with this product and will be buying it for the forseeable future. I'm not sure than any of the probiotic yoghurts really work, but at least these are a third of the price of the branded ones and I feel like I am doing something useful for my body. Whether I am helping or hindering remains to be seen, but we'll stick at it. They are fantastic value for money.

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        08.11.2009 20:41
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        Thanks for reading :-)

        I have never seen these before, though it does appear they have been around for a while.

        I like yogurt, and pro biotic is supposed to be fantastic for the digestive system so I thought I'd give this brand a go.
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        The packaging.

        A very basic white bottle, but this is the value range, 4 pots/bottles come in a cardboard open sided package, have they done that to cut back in cost or to cut back in waste?. Each bottle contains 100g.

        The texture

        It is as I expected for a value product quite runny, despite the fact that it is runnier than the leading yogurt drinks it's not that unpleasant to drink. The strawberry flavour is more like a strawberry milk shake flavour than a strawberry yogurt flavour, so I would say the flavour tastes a bit artificial.
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        Ingredients

        L.acidophilus LA-5
        Sugar
        Strawberry Juice from concentrate (5%)
        Dextrose
        Carrot concentrate
        Natural Flavouring
        Stabiliser (Pectin)


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        Nutrition

        per 100g

        300/75kcal
        3.3g protein
        12.8g carbohydrate (11.7g of which are sugars)
        0.7g fat (0.4g of which are saturates)
        0.7g fibre
        0.1 g sodium
        0.1g salt equivalent
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        The 4 pack costs 50p

        3/5 I won't be buying these again, the taste is to artificial for me and I do prefer my yogurt drinks to be a bit thicker

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        27.09.2009 09:27
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        Great value

        I suffer from IBS and often go for weeks on end where I feel awful. I get stomach cramps and basically feel sick for days on end. My doctor thought it would be a good idea to start trying probiotic yoghurt drinks, as these are meant to help with a healthy digestive system. Being a student, I cant really afford to fork out for the top name brands of these (packs of 8 cost around £2.50) so when I spotted these in Tescos I thought they would be perfect for me. They cost 50p for a pack of 4 meaning they cost just under £1 per week. Each yoghurt weighs 100g (the same as the higher brands). They have a good date on, lasting between 2 and 3 weeks providing they are refrigerated.

        The four yoghurts are sat in a square shape, encased in a cardboard sleeve. The yoghurt bottles themselves are white with a screw cap, on them is the usual style of Tesco value writing, navy blue and white describing what the product is. The cardboard sleeve contains more information including the nutritional info. This has pictures of strawberries and a brief description of the product under the Tesco logo.

        Inside the bottle is a thin, drinking style yoghurt. It is very pale pink in colour and has a slight strawberry aroma. The drink is perfect for people who cannot stomach breakfast as it means they are getting something in the morning. It is a very quick and simple snack, you can drink it straight from the bottle and contains about 4 mouthfuls. The yoghurt has a nice fruity taste, there are no bits and it is not too strong or overpowering. The taste of strawberries is definitely there but it is quite subtle, these yoghurts will probably be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of whether they enjoy the strawberry flavour.

        When I first started using the yoghurts I did notice a difference in my symptoms. Although, my symptoms come and go so I cannot comment on whether these yoghurts have helped. However, I understand they are not designed for IBS sufferers meaning therefore I cannot judge them on this.

        Each yoghurt contains 75 calories, 11.7g sugars, 0.7g fat (0.4g saturates) and 0.1g salt. This is all fairly healthy, bar the sugar content. I imagine some of the sugars are naturally occurring from the fruits used.

        I really enjoy these yoghurts as they taste nice, have a good texture and are easy to eat. They are a really easy step to take towards maintaining a healthy digestive system and are quick to drink (with no washing up!) I would recommend these to absolutely anyone, especially at this price because they are fantastic value.

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        13.09.2009 02:41
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        Worth a go if your interested

        Me, well I do try to follow a healthy diet (honest I really do lol). For anyone who regularly reads my reviews this could cause some confusion as I am a major fan of junk food (please read my reviews on this), however that is only some of the time and not all of it and I do try to incorporate healthy living into my life as much as possible and I am a huge fitness fan. So although I am a junk food lover, I'm a size 8 and relatively healthy! (I do have to work hard though to be fair lol).

        One thing I always have is a 'sensible' breakfast. I believe it really is the most important meal of the day and I eat cereal and fruit and and things like that and so a couple of weeks ago I decided to give probiotic drinks a go as well and to see how they faired. Promising to help with my digestive system and being full of friendly bacteria I've always wanted to get into them however when I saw the prices of these little drinks by leading brands I've often stopped myself from purchasing them as they are a rather expensive habit in the long run I think but when I saw these Tesco 'Value' one's priced at a mere 49p for 4 botttles I was intrigued to give them a go as I've heard women in particular say they really help with bloating and I do get that as I'm a fan of anything fizzy.

        The Packaging:

        The bottles are small, white and plastic with white screw on/lids to the top of them and they have a slight curve to the middle of the bottle for ease of handling. On each one in red, white and navy writing I'm told they are Tesco Value Probiotic Strawberry Yogurt Drink With L.acidophilus LA-% and that they help to maintain a healthy digestive system and that they are low in fat and there is a scribble of a strawberry in there. Over the bottles there is a light cardboard sleeve and the front and the back of it are the same and I'm told the same information as is on each bottle and I'm also told they are Vegetarian, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and the size is stated (4x100g) and there is a photograph of strawberries on there too. Other information on the bottom of the sleeve includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and allergy advice is given, a full nutritional chart is listed and contact details for Tesco are given. It all looks economy packaging but it's all informative enough and at least the bottles are rather plain in appearance so no one will see your drinking these cheap alternatives lol.

        A Bit About The Product According To The Bottom Of The Sleeve:

        The L.acidophilus LA-5 in Tesco Value Probiotic Drinks can help preserve a positive balance of friendly bacteria in the digestive system. This beneficial effects helps maintain a healthy digestive system as part of a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet.

        Me And The Drink:

        Well the drink is very much like a runny yogurt in appearance though it isn't like water and does have a little 'body' to it. Light pink in colour with a bit of a creamy, glossy look to it, it's smooth with no bits in it and has a nice smell of stawberries to it and all round appears and smells good.

        Taste wise, well it's ok but nothing wonderful. It tastes of stawberries but to me it tastes chalky and powdery in it's taste and it leaves me feeling really thirsty after consuming it cos it's also rather sour. I guess really to me it tastes a little on the cheap side which it is really, I just couldn't call this delicious (but at the same time to be fair it isn't foul) and really isn't terrible. Bottom line is it's just too sour for me!

        Does It Work?:

        I haven't felt any ill effects drinking these however I haven't felt any better in my general health either. Do I think they work? Well I don't know if any probiotics work to be fair and I know my Mum drinks them every day and has done for years now and when asked the question what do they do for you she was hard pressed to pin point any good, positive points at all really apart from saying in their defence she believes they work lol.

        I think if you regularly drink this type of drink these are worth a go basically. They are not foul and they are an economical but but for me they simply don't taste nice enough and are a tad too artificially sweet for my liking and certainly too sour and after drinking them I can't seem to shift the after-taste for ages!

        Allergy Advice:

        Contains: Milk
        Recipe: No nuts
        Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free
        Factory: Product made in nut free area, but nuts used elsewear

        Nutritional Information: Per Bottle:

        Calories: 75
        Sugar: 11.7g
        Fat: 0.7g
        Saturates: 0.4g

        Only available in Tesco stores.

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          28.07.2009 23:25

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          I have a low immune system and after a bout in hospital last October I was advised to drink a probiotic yoghurt drink every day to help boost my system overall.As someone who used to be plagued with colds......sneeze near me and I was laid up for weeks.......and chest infections I was prepared to give anything a go.The Tesco Value probiotic drinks are 65p for 4 and I've been drinking 1 religiously every day - I've been through my worst times of the year, namely winter/spring with not so much as a sniffle.This is the first time EVER that I've got through a winter without being ill...so as far as I'm concerned - they work!

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          07.06.2008 01:14
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          A nice drink that may be good for you

          I'm revamping my lifestyle a bit lately owing to feeling flabby, pale and spotty. I decided to add a daily probiotic drink to my breakfast hoping to experience some health benefits. I was shocked at the prices of the tiny pots of probiotic drinks in Tesco until I spotted the pack of value probiotic strawberry yogurt drinks which at 69p for a pack of four were significantly cheaper than the competition.

          The pack contains four 100g plastic bottles of yogurt drink with foil lids. The cardboard outer packaging is in the blue, white and red Tesco value colours. I am told that these drinks will help me ensure a healthy digestive system, that they contain soluble dietary fibre and are low in fat.

          These drinks taste really good. The drink is really nice and creamy with a strong but not overpowering taste of strawberry. It doesnt have the nasty chalkiness that many yoghurt drinks have.


          Tesco claims that the L.acidophilus in these drinks can help to preserve a healthy balance of friendly bacteria in the digestive system. I decided to do a little bit of research to see if these claims stand up. A quick search of Medline produced some interesting results. I learned that Lactobacilli acidophilus are bacteria that normally live in the small intestine and vagina. It has shown unclear scientific evidence in its use in a range of conditions including IBS and overall digestive health. However it is a safe product for use in healthy adults. Tesco says it "may help" so really I am still unclear on whether drinking these drinks will do me any real good. I know a lot of similar drinks contain many different bacteria so am really unsure of which, if any, will be best for me. The tesco drinks also do not tell me the numbers of the bacteria present.


          I dont think I'll be buying these again. I dont really trust the health benefits of a value probiotic. If there were proven benefits from these drinks then Tesco would be shouting about it, the fact that it only may have benefit is not really enough incentive to buy these again.

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            16.05.2008 12:25
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            Great value

            Tesco Value Probiotic Strawberry Drink.

            This is another exceptional product in the Tesco Value Range (a range of no frill, budget items available in Tesco stores). I personally always drink probiotics but find they can sometimes be expensive and I am not always partial to the taste, some varieties even make me gag, but I continue with them as I have read lots about the health benefits.

            What is a Probiotic Drink?
            A probiotic drink in general is a youghurt drink that contains a form of good bacteria that aids your digestive systmem and can boost you immune system.

            Tesco Value probiotics are available in Strwberry flavour only and come in a pack containing 4 drinks. Each drink is in a small plastic bottle containing 100ml with a peelback silver lid. The drink is well packaged and no spillage occours. A four pack costs just 69p.

            The taste-
            I really enjoy the taste of this drink. For me it is like drinking a strawberry yoghurt. It ihas a thin easy to drink ceamy consistency that tastes strongly of strawberry.

            Do they work?-
            Well who knows but I like them

            Overall if you compare prices this is a very good value for money product.
            4x Tesco value Probiotic = 69p
            6x Muller Probiotic = £1.93
            8x Actimel = £2.63

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