Yakult Probiotic Drink-Detailed Review
Why I chose to review Yakult Probiotic drink is that on 25th of August our Food Technology Department went for an educational trip to Yakult India Plant near Sonepat. It was a good experience in clearing doubts about Yakult Probiotic drink and I as an individual learnt a lot about how the complete plant works. To be precise if I say I was impressed with the experience, it won’t be wrong. With over 30 million people in more than 30 countries drinking Yakult every day, Yakult has made everyone sit up and take notice of probiotic drinks. Different strains of bacteria are used by different companies to maximize the health benefit. For example, Yakult employs Lactobacillus Casei strain in every bottle. In very simple words, Probiotics are organisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit. These organisms reach the intestines alive where it imparts the health benefit. We harbour more than 100 trillion organisms in our intestine which weigh more than a kilogram and play a very important role in maintaining health and well being. While most of these organisms are beneficial many of them are also harmful and an appropriate balance of the microbial population is crucial in ensuring good health. This critical and delicate balance is however often disturbed by stress, infection, indiscriminate use of antibiotics, inadequate sleep and ageing. Probiotics help to restore this balance by increasing the numbers of beneficial bacteria and this plays an important role by serving as a key line of defence against invading pathogens, aiding digestion, enabling proper absorption of nutrients and producing vitamins such as Vitamin K. With 70% of the immune cells residing in our gut, they play an important role in boosting our immune responses.
- There are no preservatives used in Yakult.
- There is also no reports of any side effects but, there may be bloating of the body in the first week of its use. That is just because the body is trying to adjust to the new administered bacteria and hence, it is of no concern.
- Yakult has a shelf life of 40 days when stored under proper refrigerated conditions.
- Those could range from maintenance of gut flora
- Modulation of the immune system
- Regulation of bowel habits and constipation
- Effects on some gastrointestinal infections
Standard Yakult contains:
- Sugar (sucrose, dextrose) to balance the sourness with sweetness.
- Skimmed milk powder
- Natural flavours
- Live Lactobacillus Casei Shirota strain
- Energy – 50 Kcal
- Protein – 0.8g
- Carbohydrates – 12g (added sugars – 10g)
- Fat – <0.1g
- Each bottle of Yakult (65ml) contains over 6.5 billion bacteria that suppresses the growth of harmful bacteria.
Seeing all the above mentioned details what I can conclude is that Yakult undoubtedly might be a great Probiotic drink but not that great for those who follow the low carb way of eating and look for some additional proteins and calcium. With just one gram of protein, hardly any calcium and way too much of sugar, it should not be made a habit. Later realisation was that the ingredients too weren’t all natural; water, sugar, skim milk powder, glucose, artificial flavors, and lactobacillus Casei Shirota (the cultures). Due to its sugar content its difficult for diabetics to consume it but if need be the carb and sugar content can be reduced to half by having the 65 ml bottle in two portions. Yakult can be kept in the fridge so can be easily used in two parts or shared between two people. But frankly speaking my score for Yakult will be 5 out of 10.
Editor’s Remark: After we received this post we tried to contact Yakult India through mail and Facebook page for an answer to a simple question,” Why the sugar content is so high in Yakult probiotic drink. Why is it not made sugarfree so that even the diabetic and low carb followers too could consume it?” After a day or two they reverted with the answer which was,“Yakult is a probiotic fermented milk drink that contains 6.5 billion Lactobacillus casei Shirota, a strain of bacteria that is backed by more than 75 years of scientific research for both its safety and efficacy. Regular consumption of Yakult helps improve intestinal function and builds immunity. Sugar is added to Yakult to counter the acidity or sour taste that is produced by lactic acid during the fermentation process. Some amount of sugar is also added prior to fermentation for the growth and metabolism of the bacteria. Although Yakult contains sugar, the Glycaemic Index is only 48 which makes it a suitable drink for everyone except those who have diabetes.”
Well, comments on Glycaemic Index of 48 are welcome.
Do you think that Yakult probiotic drink’s GI of 48 is low and low carb protocol followers can consume Yakult?
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