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Review of Yakult Probiotic Drink

Food Review: Yakult Probiotic Drink

I first said "yeah" to Yakult because I love saying the word "Yakult." I also love probiotics to promote healthy digestion. Plus, this probiotic drink comes in cute little bottles about the size of a shot glass, so it seemed like a fun way to drink healthy.

Yakult isn't a yogurt; it's a "fermented dairy drink" first produced in Japan and contains live, probiotic cultures to help boost your immune system and the good bacteria in your tummy. Sold in packs of five, the 2.7-fluid-ounce bottles can be downed as drinks, but I also enjoyed it poured over cereal in place of milk. So how does it taste?

I was surprised by how sweet Yakult tastes; it has a tart, almost fruity flavor that, believe it or not, reminds me of Sweet Tarts. Thankfully, I poured it over a cereal that wasn't sweet; otherwise it might have been a bit much. I expected it to be thicker, but it's barely as thick as milk.

Nutritionally, Yakult's results are mixed. Each tiny bottle — enough to cover your cereal — contains 50 calories, 11 grams of sugar, and zero fat with just one gram of protein. So while it's packed with probiotics, it doesn't offer much in the way of protein or calcium. Unfortunately, the ingredients aren't all natural either: water, sugar, skim milk powder, glucose, artificial flavors, and lactobacillus casei shirota (the cultures). For that reason, I probably won't make Yakult a habit, but it was a nice change from yogurt or milk. Find out where it's carried near you. Do you Yakult?

Essia15204210 Essia15204210 3 years
does any one Know how much cost a bottle in South Korea ???
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
I drink it since.. forever! my grandma used to give me money to buy a yakult each day I was with her. My mother takes a yakult before a big pill or something like that, Her doctor told her that. and I really really love yakult, but I never dream of putting it on a cereal, I just drank it like it is.
georgie2 georgie2 8 years
I love this stuff! There's a factory that we went to visit as a school trip once and I drank everyone else's free sample as well as mine. I can drink these all the time if too much isn't bad for me! (too much probiotics?)
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
fizzymartini fizzymartini 8 years
Och, I LOVE this stuff... I only ever have it in HK as it's cheaper there (way too expensive in the UK for daily consumption, methinks), so it's a rare treat.
depeche3 depeche3 8 years
I used to drink this as a child all of the time... it was considered as a treat back in the day... its funny how poplar it is now.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Dude, I used to OD on that growing up (I have to drink that every day because I LOVE the taste). most fave drink ever...bring back the good time of being a kid, ok..I kept drinking those well after I was in high school. I only find it here in US when I go to Asian stores. In my city, anyway.
Suspiria Suspiria 8 years
I love Yakult. It is very popular in Brazil. It is not popular in USA?!? :?
aeschere aeschere 8 years
live cultures need sugar to feed on. maybe it doesn't need that much, but the amount of probiotics might have something to do with it?
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
thank you Spectra!!!!
psterling psterling 8 years
I tried this once and didn't really like it. You're right that it tastes like sweet tartes but it was weird to DRINK a sweet tarte. Plus, way to artificial for me.
marisaoswald marisaoswald 8 years
i can't imagine this in cereal, but i love this stuff. i usually get some random asian brand, but since the popularity has been growing, i haven't seen them on sale (2 for $1) at 99 ranch anymore :(
Spectra Spectra 8 years
mamasitama-probiotics are strains of bacteria that live in your intestines that help your body break down fiber and make vitamin K and other nutrients. Lactobacillus species and Bifida regularis are the most common ones that are added to foods. I actually don't usually buy into them because if you eat enough fruits and vegetables, these bacteria will grow on their own in your guts and will prevent the harmful bacteria from setting up colonies. This Yakult stuff sounds kind of nasty to me. I don't like sweet milk, especially on cereal. At first I thought maybe it would be like kefir, but it sounds like it's probably not. Plus, there is hardly any protein in it, so I'll have to pass on this stuff.
bingbingboom bingbingboom 8 years
I have a pack in my freezer that I haven't touched for almost a year.
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 8 years
I drink it everyday. It helps with digestion. I buy huge packages of these at a Korean store and keep it in the freezer then take out when I want to drink it.
yourmajesty yourmajesty 8 years
I used to drink this as a kid as well!! we used to freeze it into a slushy during the summer. I think i'll pick some up later :)
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 8 years
I am sticking with kefir for my fermentation fix! It has more protein.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
can someone definitively tell me what a probiotic is?
nia0nia nia0nia 8 years
i like the taste, but have only had it once. I very anti excessive packaging, so all those tiny plastics bottles are a bit painful to me
brilliance13 brilliance13 8 years
this stuff is awesome, I grew up drinking loads of this it's been very popular in Asia for decades. don't knock it till you try it.. actually I like that it was a secret for a while... if it gains much popularity, the prices will go up!
michlny michlny 8 years
Way too artificial and too much sugar. Fermented foods - sauerkraut, greek yogurt, tempeh, kombucha, et al. or a supplement is a better way to go. I'll pass.
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