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When you ferment a milk drink that is made of fermented skimmed milk powder, water and sugar, and you add live probiotics to it, you will get Yacolt.

What are Probiotics

Probiotics are friendly bacteria. They are also called yeasts. They have been used for centuries as a natural ingredient in different types of healthy food. Ten years ago, probiotics were not known by the general public in western societies for their incredible health benefits. Nowadays, more and more people are becoming health conscious and are experimenting with the use of probiotics in the food.

Types of Yakult

There are two known forms of Yakult. The first is called Yakult Original and the other is called Yakult Light. Both drinks have Lactobacillus casei Shirota in the same amounts. However the light Yakult has less sugar in it. The Yakult Original has a red lid on it and the Yakult Light has the blue lid.

The Nutritional Facts About Yakult

There are no colorings in either Yakult drink. The distinctive color of the Yakult is the natural caramelisation coming from the production procedure. You will find only 48 calories in a single container of the Yakult Original and even less calories (about 27) in the Light Yakult. The scientists put sugar in the Yakult because it simply gives the bacteria much needed food so they can stay alive while sitting on the supermarket shelve, ready for their customer to drink them. If you compare the Yakult drinks to a weight watchers point’s scheme, you will see that the Yakult drinks have only 0.5 fat in them.

The Benefits of drinking Yakult

In an ideal case your digestive tract should have more friendly bacteria than the harmful ones. By drinking Yakult you will help to keep the balance between the two types of bacteria in your digestive tract. By drinking just one bottle of Yakult you are releasing around 6.5 billion friendly bacteria into your system which is a good amount to help keep the unfriendly bacteria under control. Stress can also cause issues with digestive system and drinking Yakult can help with keeping it under contol. If you are planning to go on a holiday it is advisable to drink one bottle of Yakult every day for two weeks prior to getting on the plane because it will really help your immune system to face with all the new bacteria in different countries you may visit.

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