Food Product Highlight


September 14, 2017


Yakult has been a staple in every dairy department at the supermarket for ages and the distinct shape of the bottle reminds everybody that they are dealing with a load of probiotics (6.5 billion per bottle to be exact). We have all seen the commercials and either loathe or love the flavor, but what is it? Here are some facts about Yakult!

  • Yakult was developed in 1935, by Dr. Shirota, Doctor of Medicine at Kyoto University. He found that the Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (named after himself) was the solution to proper digestion and health. The bacterial strain was able to survive the harsh conditions in our stomachs and, at the same time, improve our bowel movements and prevent intra intestinal growth of harmful bacteria
  • The name Yakult is taken from an Esperanto word Jahurto, which means yogurt. The drink was originally packaged in glass bottles. The hourglass, easy-to-grip design of the plastic bottle, introduced in 1968, was apparently inspired by the shape of the traditional Japanese wooden Kokeishi doll
  • In Japan, more types of Yakult are sold for different purposes. The Joie (read: Jo-wa) drink is meant for the large intestines, while BF-1 is a flavored drink that is boosted with B. Bifidum strain Y bacteria that is healthy. The regular Yakult is intended for the small intestines.
  • The small serving size of Yakult is a deliberate decision, while the company suggested that a larger serving may not be finished in one go, thus leaving the remaining contents susceptible to contamination, and also compromising the quality of the live probiotic bacteria
  • I bet you weren’t aware of this one! Never drink Yakult with a hot beverage. The effects will be nullified, while hot water kills the Lactobacilli, which need to stay alive to get to our intestines
  • So old school, but the company still hires ladies to sell their products door-to-door to homes because they are considered to have more natural empathy toward families. These Yakult ladies are all trained health consultants for all products, including the beauty line and contribute as much as 60% of Yakult’s sales!

NOTE: Although probiotics are a great addition to a diet to keep your digestive tract healthy, Yakult might be your go-to probiotic. However, we must remind you that if you are watching your sugar intake, Yakult might not be the best option for you, since one bottle Yakult Original contains 9,2 grams of sugar and Yakult Light 2,9 grams.

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