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ABOUT YAKULT

  1. What is Yakult?
  2. What is so special about the Yakult bacteria "Lactobacillus casei Shirota"?
  3. How does drinking Yakult help maintain my health?
  4. What is in a bottle of Yakult?
  5. Sometimes there are sediments in the bottle. What are they?
  6. Why is the Yakult bottle so small?
  7. Why does Yakult come in only 1 flavour?
WHO CAN DRINK YAKULT

  1. Who should drink Yakult?
  2. Can pregnant women consume Yakult?
  3. Can babies below 1 year old consume Yakult?
  4. Is Yakult suitable for those who have gastric problems, since it is very sour?
  5. Is Yakult suitable for vegetarians?
  6. Is Yakult suitable for those with lactose intolerance?
  7. Is Yakult suitable for people with diabetes?
  8. Is Yakult beneficial for people taking antibiotics?
DRINKING YAKULT

  1. Can I drink more than 1 bottle of Yakult daily?
  2. What is the best time to drink Yakult? Before or after meal?
  3. How often should I drink Yakult?
  4. What is the maximum number of bottles I can drink per day?
KEEPING / STORING YAKULT

  1. How long can Yakult be kept after taken out from the fridge?
HOW IS YAKULT MADE?

  1. How is Yakult made?


1. What is Yakult?
Yakult Ace Yakult is a high quality probiotics in the form of a cultured milk drink. Yakult contains the probiotic bacteria "Lactobacillus casei Shirota" (also called the "Shirota strain"). With 30 billion live Shirota strain in each bottle, Yakult has among the highest concentrations of probiotics compared to other probiotics on the market (most probiotic drinks and supplements claim to contain at most 1 to 10 billion live probiotic bacteria per serving or per capsule).

The Shirota strain is scientifically proven to be among the 'strongest' strains of beneficial bacteria, and has been shown to benefit human health.

In Japan, Yakult is acknowledged by the Japanese Ministry of Health as a "Food for Specified Health Usages" with approved health claim "The Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain reaches the intestines alive, so this product maintains good health by increasing beneficial bacteria, decreasing harmful bacteria and improving the intestinal environment".

Born from the research of a doctor in 1935, Yakult is supported by over 75 years of research experience. Today, Yakult is a trusted international brand, loved by 28 million people from 32 countries and regions around the world.

Free of preservatives, colourings and stabilizers, Yakult is the right choice for those looking for high quality probiotics for good health.

2. What is so special about the Yakult bacteria "Lactobacillus casei Shirota"?
Yakult contains a very high concentration of the good bacteria, Lactobacillus casei Shirota. Only Yakult has over 30 billion good bacteria in each bottle!

Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain The Yakult bacteria are unique, chosen specifically for their strength and benefits for our health. In Japan, Yakult is acknowledged by the Ministry of Health in Japan as a "Food for Specified Health Usages" and has proven health benefits backed by 75 years of scientific research.

What's more, you'll be happy to know that Yakult contains no preservatives, colourings, stabilizers or food conditioners.

The bacteria found in Yakult are particularly strong and can survive through our stomach acids and bile to reach the intestines alive, where they support the work of our natural beneficial bacteria. Yakult's bacteria are scientifically proven to have many beneficial effects on our health.

Compare survival rate (strength) between different types of good bacteria:

3. How does drinking Yakult help maintain my health?
Yakult bacteria are scientifically proven to:

(a) Regulate our bowel movement to avoid constipation and diarrhea


(b) Maintain the balance of good and bad bacteria in our intestines


(c) Reduce production of toxins in our body


(d) Enhance our body's immunity to reduce risk of infections and reoccurrence of cancer cell

4. What is in a bottle of Yakult?
The most important ingredient of Yakult is the live Lactobacillus casei Shirota. Each bottle of Yakult contains over 30 billion (3.0 X 10) of the active Shirota strain.

An 80 ml bottle of Yakult Ace also contains:
- Water
- Sugar (Sucrose)
- Skimmed milk powder
- Glucose
- Calcium lactate
- Permitted flavours
- Niacin (Vitamin B3)
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D

An 80ml bottle of Yakult Ace Light also contains:
- Water
- Fructose
- Maltitol
- Skimmed milk powder
- Glucose
- Permitted flavours

Yakult does not contain any preservatives, colourings, stabilizers, or conditioners. The brownish colour of Yakult develops naturally during the production process when caramelization occurs as a result of heating of milk and sugar. It's the same thing that happens when you bake a cake or cookies.

Yakult is practically fat free and contains no cholesterol. One bottle of Yakult Ace contains just 63 kcal, about the same as an apple, while one bottle of Yakult Ace Light contains just 46 kcal.

The reason we include sugar is that it provides essential 'food' for the good bacteria, keeping them alive during shelf life. During fermentation, good bacteria produce organic acids, such as lactic acid, which taste sour. Because of the high concentration of good bacteria in Yakult, the taste becomes very sour. So, sugar is also needed to balance the taste, if not, it will be too sour for us to drink.

Yakult has a low Glycemic Index (GI). This means that the sugar in Yakult enters the blood gradually and does not significantly increase blood glucose levels.

Nutritional information
Per bottle or per serving of 80 ml, Yakult Ace contains:
- Energy
- Protein
- Fat
- Cholesterol
- Carbohydrates
- Total sugar
- Calcium
- Niacin
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
63 kcal
1.0 g
0 g
0 g
14.6 g
14.6 g
58.8 mg
17.0 mg
1.2 mg
2.5 g
1.0 g
- Over 30 billion active Shirota strain

Per bottle or per serving of 80ml, Yakult Ace Light contains:
- Energy
- Protein
- Fat
- Cholesterol
- Carbohydrates
- Total sugar
- Dietary fibre
- Sodium
46 kcal
0.9 g
0 g
0 g
10.6 g
7.6 g
0.2g
38 mg
- Over 30 billion active Shirota strain

5. Sometimes there are sediments in the bottle. What are they?
The sediments sometimes present at the bottom of the bottle are a natural settling of the skim milk solids. This happens occasionally as we do not add any food stabilizers in Yakult. If you shake the bottle, the sediments will dissolve. There are important nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, calcium and vitamins contained in the skim milk solids, so please shake the bottle well before you enjoy Yakult.

6. Why is the Yakult bottle so small?
  • One small bottle of Yakult contains over 30 billion live Yakult bacteria, more than enough to keep us healthy each day. Yakult is not a 'thirst-quencher'.
  • Yakult should be used additionally, and not instead of, other products like yogurt and milk. It is comfortable to have Yakult in a small bottle so you can enjoy Yakult everyday as part of a balanced diet.
  • A smaller bottle is more hygienic. A larger bottle that is not finished might be kept open, thus has a bigger risk of infection with other bacteria.

7. Why does Yakult come in only 1 flavour?
As a health drink, Yakult only contains the ingredients necessary to deliver the live Yakult bacteria into our intestines. So, Yakult does not contain any unnecessary additives such as colouring substances. Different flavours usually require you to add in colouring and preservatives. Furthermore, our one original flavour is already enjoyed by 28 million people worldwide everyday.

8. Who should drink Yakult?
Yakult - Pioneer of Probiotics Everyone! We can all benefit from increasing our levels of beneficial bacteria. 28 million people in 32 different countries drink Yakult. People from different lifestyles and ages drink it everyday to help maintain their health.

9. Can pregnant women consume Yakult?
Pregnant women can consume Yakult as part of a normal balanced diet. One of the main functions of Yakult is to help prevent constipation. Pregnant women often suffer from constipation, so taking Yakult may help.

10. Can babies below 1 year old consume Yakult?
Babies older than 1 year can already consume one bottle of Yakult a day. For enquiries relating babies below 12 months of age, kindly contact us.

11. Is Yakult suitable for those who have gastric problems, since it is very sour?
Please consult your doctor before drinking Yakult if you have any serious gastric problems.

12. Is Yakult suitable for vegetarians?
Yes, it is based on skimmed milk with no other animal products

13. Is Yakult suitable for those with lactose intolerance?
Yes. People with lactose intolerance are unable to properly digest large quantities of lactose. Lactose is the natural sugar found in milk and milk products. Yakult contain only approximately 1.0g of lactose.

14. Is Yakult suitable for people with diabetes?
There are many different conditions of diabetes and the treatment method varies according to the condition of each patient. So, if you are diabetic, please consult your physician before beginning to drink Yakult.

15. Is Yakult beneficial for people taking antibiotics?
When taking a course of antibiotics, some of the beneficial bacteria in the digestive system may be destroyed. The resulting imbalance of the intestinal flora may result in problems such as thrush or diarrhoea. Drinking Yakult with its unique strain of bacteria has been shown to be most helpful in re-establishing a balance of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system during and after antibiotic treatment.

16. Can I drink more than 1 bottle of Yakult daily?
Yes, there is no limit to how many bottles you can drink a day, because Yakult is a functional food, not a medicine. At least one bottle of Yakult a day is enough to provide the health benefits. What is important is not to drink many bottles at one time, but to continue drinking at least one bottle of Yakult everyday.

17. What is the best time to drink Yakult? Before or after meal?
You can drink Yakult at anytime of the day. But, it is more effective to drink Yakult during or after meals when your stomach is less acidic, so even more of the Yakult bacteria can reach your intestines alive. We suggest you have Yakult with your breakfast every morning to make it a daily habit.

18. How often should I drink Yakult?
Maintaining an ideal balance of beneficial bacteria in our intestines is essential for our good health. However, the balance can easily be disturbed by all kinds of factors that influence us everyday, such as food, illness, stress, medicine and so on. When this happens, the number of beneficial bacteria decline and we become susceptible to health problems such as diarrhea and constipation. It is therefore important to make sure that our intestinal flora is in optimum condition to prevent this from occurring. You can do this by continuously consuming the beneficial bacteria, Lactobacillus casei Shirota that can reach your intestines alive.

Probiotic bacteria, including the Yakult bacteria do not stay in our intestines permanently. They move through our intestines while delivering their benefits, and are finally expelled from the body when we pass motion. So it is important to drink Yakult everyday to maintain optimum levels of good bacteria in our intestines.

19. What is the maximum number of bottles I can drink per day?
There is no maximum limit. Yakult is a food not a medicine, but of course it's never a good idea to overdo it with any one type of food. Yakult should be drunk as part of a balanced diet.

20. How long can Yakult be kept after taken out from the fridge?
It is not a problem to keep Yakult outside of the fridge for awhile. The Yakult bacteria slowly become active at temperature between 15 to 40 degrees Celsius.

When the bacteria become active, it will begin to produce lactic acid, which will affect the taste and make it sour. When there is too much acid produced, the bacteria will die, and the product will be less effective.

So, when Yakult is left outside of the fridge, the taste will become more sour and it will be less effective, but you can still drink it. However, it is best to keep Yakult refrigerated so you can fully enjoy the taste and health benefits.

21. How is Yakult made?
A solution of skim milk powder, sugar and water is ultra-heat treated, then fermented using our unique live good bacteria called Shirota strain. Syrup, vitamins, calcium and flavours are added, and Yakult is then bottled and packaged. For full details, click here.