food trivia: YAKULT


Have it ever crossed your mind why “Yakult” always come in a small bottle?

When I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to find “Yakult” in a 1 liter bottle.  Obviously, I didn’t succeed. I have thought that maybe it will easily get spoiled when exposed and that is why you have to consume it all in one drinking session to avoid it from getting wasted.

“Yakult” is a cultured milk drink made by fermented mixture of skimmed milk combined with Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain which is a beneficial bacteria. It was created by Minoru Shirota, a Japanese scientist who graduated from Kyoto University.

Based from the companies of “Yakult” in Australia and Malaysia, the favorite cultured skimmed milk drink is sold in small bottles to prevent it from getting contaminated. If it will be contained in a bigger bottle, drinking the unconsumed beverage later or the next day will compromise the quality of the probiotic dairy product due to its good bacteria content. One small bottle consumption of 80 ml “Yakult” each day is enough to keep the drinker healthy. On the other hand, it is available in a 65 ml and 100 ml bottles in other countries. In Singapore, “Yakult”  has 3 different flavors, namely… grapes, orange, and apple in a single pack of five including two bottles of its original flavor.

Drinking “Yakult” aids in gastrointestinal infections, modulates the immune system, and regulates well our bowel habits and constipation. But more than being a thirst quencher,  its slight sweetness and palatable taste makes it really delicious that you will want to crave for more.

Photo by: Sukito San



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