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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?

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