“ Milk Drink „
YAKULT LIGHT 65ml
Yakult - means 'yoghurt' in Esperanto.
The Shelf life is up to 45 days in duration - see use-by date on the packaging.
The packaging: An excessive amount of plastic. It'll harm your carbon footprint if you are an eco-warrior.
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Talking of intestines doesn't turn my stomach and make me inwardly have a repulsed shiver - I guess it comes from a childhood which consisted of a fair amount of intestine talk, having a parent who in 1979 over indulged on a rancid wine while 'en vacance' in Frejus, S. France. Weeks later a diagnosis of a spastic colon was a noisy family addition - a few years later my sister developed crohns disease, another intestinal addition - and as my adulthood blessed me with acne, my best mate had three operations to help control his crohns disease, a talking point for my sister as grotesque details poured out concerning the new scientific approaches to crohns and what procedures had to be endured. It was no surprise that a girlfriend of mine was a sufferer of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome); so, when it came to intestinal talk I had a good solid education. It was a lifestyle I'd grown-up with and had accepted. The term; 'better out than in' was said on a regular occurrence, usually after a long sharp belch, that'll shatter an early morning silence - Or the shocked words of; 'I don't know where that came from', after a sudden intestinal eruption which shot down south, while finishing off a plate of Apple Crumble.
What comes with the knowledge of abdominal irritation therefore installs the knowledge renowned remedies, such as natural yoghurt, probiotic Danone's Actimel, and Yakult. The most concentrated remedy by far is Yakult; the main ingredient is fermented skimmed milk. Anaemic in colour and texture, the substance core taste is of milky chalk, quite similar to many Holland and Barrett supplements for a healthy lifestyle. Acidophilus is the tablet version of a Yakult - as both produces good bacteria in the intestine, this aids stomach upsets and replenishes a tired abdominal system that has been fighting a viral. It won't necessary stop you from having IBS or crohns disease; however the probiotics is a big plus for combating intestinal infection; (a bacterial army of 6.5 billion to be precise, per 65ml dollop). I tend to take Yakult just before a holiday, a charity venture, or a stint whereby health is vitally important. Yes, you could say it is a form of health insurance - I recommend a week long supplement for the lactobacillus to be at a suitable level for combat in the gut and intestinal regions. After that period there is no reason to consume Yakult daily; so every other day will suffice - due to the stomach naturally building its own bacterial defence system from the introduction of the live micro-organisms; i.e. probotics. Daily use may induce an 'over-introduction;' therefore it can stipulate a lesser effective natural bacterial response, if Yakult is used as a ritual daily supplement for a number of months. Sporadic usage has long term health benefits, unlike what Yakult's marketing machine advertises: 'A bottle for you every day.' Do not under-estimate your own bacterial immune system it has served us for a lot longer than Yakult's 77 year existence.
Hard to stomach
Calorie wise, Yakult's Light brand (blue labeled) boasts it is less fattening than the original red labeled Yakult; having had both I was unaware of a palatable difference. Not that Yakult's sole purpose is to tantalize your taste-buds to the delights of fermented skimmed milk; it's obvious the 65ml is purely designed for health reasons only. Consume in one gulp as if you're downing a brain numbing cocktail - I tend to opt for this oral method on the premise I dislike drinking sweetened thinned yoghurt at the best of times, so consuming Yakult is a trial - albeit, a necessity when good health matters most. Yakult 'Light' has 51 calories per serving; only 24 calories less than the fat orientated original - not a lot to crow about in all honesty. Notably, I do feel more revitalized after ingesting the Yakult which I follow up with a glass of water to flush away any Yakult that had found a bolt-hole in my mouth. The jury is out whether or not Yakult actually works to the extent it is advertised - I lean on the fence at this point and happily claim that a placebo factor plays a part for a highly reputable brand; pioneered by Dr. Shirota. I will add, there is a mindset after drinking a Yakult; that I'm more likely to eat risqué foods out of my comfort zone. I've not come unstuck yet, so I've either been very lucky, or Dr. Shirota's Yakult indeed could be parachuting down extra armies to aid my good bacterial gladiators. I've no evidence to back-up this event sadly.
To be taken sporadically - pay no attention to what the Japanese producers prefer consumers to adopt. It certainly shouldn't be a daily ritual; nor was the health supplement around during Darwin's era, so Yakult hasn't played a vital part in our utopia - but does help lower abdominal infection, allegedly.
I took a course of antibiotics recently and this led to the inevitable runny tummy which led to me feeling drained and run down. This is because the antibiotics kill all of the beneficial bacteria which are present in the gut as well as the nasty ones which had made me ill. I decided to take some kind of probiotic supplement in order to help my poor belly recover a bit so scoured the shelves of the supermarket to see what was on offer. There were many brands of probiotic drinks on offer and I chose the Yakult simply because it is one of the leading brands so I reckoned it might be one of the best. I chose the lighter version as it has fewer calories than the original with 27 instead of 43 calories per bottle.
Yakuly contains the probiotic lactobacillus casei shiroata which is named after the scientist, Dr Shirota, who invented Yakult back in 1935 and started giving it out to his patients. Other drinks also contain prebiotics which help your body produce its own bacteria but Yakult contains just the one strain of bacteria which helps to keep the bad bacteria in check as well as helping the immune system and producing vitamins B and K.
Yakult tastes ok, it is made from fermented skimmed milk instead of yogurt so is a light drink and does not taste sour or chalky. It is very sweet and leaves my mouth feeling dry, it does not really taste milky at all. I wouldn't drink it for fun but it is certainly palatable enough.
I noticed an immediate improvement in my runny tummy after I started drinking Yakult. It took less than a day for my runny tummy to clear up which immediately made me feel better. I drank Yakult for a week, from around 3 days into my course of antibiotics until a couple of days after I had finished the course and my tummy stayed calm during that whole time which is not what normally happens on antibiotics.
What I dislike about Yakult is the way that they are packaged. Each days drink comes in its own little 65ml bottle which is shrink wrapped in plastic. That is an awful lot of packaging for such a small quantity of drink and I feel really guilty at the waste produced. It is also expensive retailing at around £2.60 for seven days worth of drink meaning if I were to drink Yakult everyday then it would cost me £10 a month.
I am not sure if it is the best of those types of drinks out there as other brands contain prebiotics as well as the probiotic bacteria that Yakult contains but since the science of it all goes above my head I cannot really make a fully informed decision there. Yakult does work if you have an upset stomach due to taking antibiotics upsetting the natural bacteria in the gut and I would buy it again when I was taking antibiotics again but I will not drink it everyday due to the high cost and the fact it produces so much waste plastic.
Well I wont be trying this again!
I usually have danone 0.1% original bateria drinks, or the muller 0.1 vitality, and have tried tescos. I have a very weak stomach so cant take these drinks more then three days in a row without serious cramps, but seeing as Yakult promised to be the original makers, I was curious to see if they were any different, any better, and any kinder to my stomach.
I tried the first one on the way home from the supermarket, this was a stupid thing to do as there was nowhere to spit. Yuck.
I cant really describe the taste of theses, its like nothing else I have ever tried, its not creamy like the danone, its not like yogurt like the muller vitality, its very very very very sweet, and, well, just wierd. I overheard someone else describe it as flat coka-cola, its not far wrong, but its worse then that. More like watery phlegm. I really found it very hard to swallow.
I did persevere, I have IBS and as my stomach is too fragile to take any of the other drinks without fierce cramping, I really wanted these to work- I know they taste disgusting, but I hate my IBS and protruding stomach more.
They did not work. They did ntohing for me, they caused me alot of wind, not so many cramps but definatly some pain. I would not take these again.
I occasionally will have one of the other bactria drinks, because they taste like Yop drinks and I like the taste but they are limited to 1 mini bottle which means I dont have to work it all off so much in the gym the next day. If I have them too often, I get problems, but the fact is, I like the taste. But Yakult, never ever ever again! I cant actually believe they are all under the same umbrella description of "good bacteria" drinks in supermarkets, they are so very different I cant believe it.
Yakult is made from skimmed milk powder, sugar, water and our live probiotic strain of good bacteria called Lactobacillus casei Shirota.