323 – On Lactobacillus Libations: Triptych 58

The benefits of beverages containing good bacteria have been extensively written about. These drinks, based on either milk or yogurt, contain micro-organisms that contribute to better digestive health.

Perhaps the most famous drink under this category is Yakult, which was first formulated in Japan in 1935. The discovery of Lacticaseibacillus paracasei sp. Shirota by microbiologist Dr. Minoru Shirota paved the way for Yakult. Numerous studies found that the probiotic L. paracasei in Yakult not only benefits the digestive system, but also other bodily systems.

Since then, other similar drinks have emerged on the market. These competitors also touted the purported benefits of their beverages in a bid to attract consumers. I’ll be mentioning three such beverages available here in the Philippines for today’s triptych.

Notice that the three beverages mentioned here are sold in large bottles, compared to the original Yakult that is sold in a small 80 ml bottle in the Philippine market. However, Yakult is available in larger sizes – in a 250 ml tetra brick and a 500 ml bottle – in its home country.

The Dutch Mill Delight cultured milk beverage from Thailand boasts of its prebiotic fiber and probiotic content, with the drink providing both. This one has a milky and creamy taste which, I believe, makes it the closest counterpart to Yakult. I’ve read a study explaining that prebiotics serves as food for the beneficial bacteria in the gut and stimulates them at the same time.

The Goodday Cultured Milk Drink from Malaysia, meanwhile, contains the probiotic strain L. paracasei MCC1849. According to one study, this good bacteria strain can help improve immune resistance against the common cold and stabilize one’s mood. While this drink has a milder taste than the previous, it also comes in mango and strawberry flavors for those preferring a fruity touch.

Lastly, the Yobick Prebiotic Yoghurt Drink boasts of its benefits for the immune system thanks to the prebiotics – such as inulin – that it contains. Aside from serving as the food for beneficial bacteria in the gut as I mentioned above, prebiotics also help sweep the intestines clean. This drink has the right amount of sweetness thanks to the honey used to sweeten it; its sakura flavor meanwhile boasts of a floral taste and additional antioxidants that help brighten the skin.

And with that, I end today’s triptych. How about you? Do you consume beverages like this?

Until the next post.


32 thoughts on “323 – On Lactobacillus Libations: Triptych 58

    • I hope you manage to try them in the future! Maybe the probiotic drink’s versions on other countries taste different to suit the local populace’s palates.

      As for me, I tried the Yakult from Japan and I found it tastes milder than the one sold here in the Philippines. Even the milk flavor isn’t that pronounced.

  1. Thanks for sharing these infos about the probiotic drinks.
    I hardly ever drink these drinks as they come in plastic bottles and I try to avoid plastic whenever possible. Especially the small bottles of Yakult (80 ml, here in Indonesia, too) are terrible. 😞

    • Sure thing! Unfortunately, that’s the drawback of these kinds of products. 😦

      There’s this one drink I tried out (I don’t know if it’s familiar to you) called Cimory. The supermarket near me once had it in stock, but I found it too yogurt-y in consistency — far from Yakult.

    • Not yet though, but I tried something close to it — KeVita’s Lemon Ginger drink. I bought it from a health-food store here in Manila, and I found that it tastes similar to Bundaberg’s signature ginger beer with a lemony twist.

  2. I’ve not tried any of these, but they sound fantastic. My local grocery store carries kids’ commercial yogurt drinks, which I enjoy–they’re quite tasty, but I’m pretty sure they don’t have the benefits you describe here. I’ll have to check them out. Cheers!

    • Thank you for stopping by, Cecilia!

      But unfortunately, some of those drinks oftentimes have more sugar than beneficial bacteria — which cause more harm than good. 😦

  3. I’ve always thought that Yakult came in those wee bottles because we can’t drink more than that amount in a day. When I first saw Delight in that huge package in 7 Eleven, my first instinct was to avoid it, because I thought it was excessive! This post changed my mind… I have been seeing Delight a lot lately, so maybe I should give it a shot!

    • You should! 😀 But still, there’s a one-bottle limit for that.

      There’s no risk associated with getting too much probiotics, but consuming too much milk-based beverages could cause an upset stomach!

  4. I have learned to love gut friendly drinks because they are good for me but I can’t say I really love them. The little Yakult bottles are cute though! Kefir based drinks are a big thing here in the UK, although they can get a little expensive so I think I’m going to try and culture my own. Watch this space, hopefully it won’t go horribly wrong!

    • Thank you for stopping by, Helen!

      I gotta agree with you though on kefir-based drinks being rather pricey. The KeVita Lemon Ginger drink I mentioned in a reply to one commenter set me back around PHP300 (about US$6), whereas all these milk-based beverages did not cost more than PHP50 (US$1).

      Hope your plan to make your own kefir turns out well! 🙂

  5. The best feature of Yakult, I think, is that it’s always bitin. I can’t remember ever drinking it as a kid and feeling satisfied. Feeling ko it wouldn’t be as fun pag malaki ang bote!

    • Point taken, Doc! To add to that, methinks Yakult Philippines once explained kung bakit di sila nagbebenta ng large Yakult bottles.

      Apparently daw, may possibility na ma-compromise yung lactobacilli kapag hindi naubos in one sitting — kaya pag maliit ang bote, lesser chance na maubos yung good bacteria.

    • Point taken. These drinks, just like the actual Yakult, aren’t exactly meant for everyday consumption due to the sugar content. If the small Yakult bottle has 8.8 grams of sugar as you mentioned, these bigger ones have much more.

      All these drinks weren’t exactly captured in one take, truth be told. I bought both the first and second drink in March, with a week’s gap in between. The third one, I purchased in late April.

  6. I’ve fermented my own keffir from grains as I was spending so much money on it at the supermarket, but after cultivating my own (even though it tasted the same as the supermarket) and seeing what went into growing the keffir I couldn’t bring myself to drink it anymore! 🙈

    Thanks for the post, I’ll keep an eye out for these beverages in the supermarket, hopefully they won’t remind me of keffir!

    • No problem, and thank you likewise for stopping by! 🙂

      Also, it’s good to know that you actually made your own keffir; at least you know what’s in it, unlike the store-bought ones that often have other stuff added in.

      Though, if these aren’t available over there in the UK — good ol’ Yakult and Actimel (from Danone) are similar to these. 😊

    • Thank you for reading and for stopping by! 🙂

      Now that you mentioned it, I’m jealous of the 7-Eleven stores over there as they have a diverse selection of drinks — especially the coffee. But still, gotta watch out for the sugar!

      It’s also the same here in the Philippines; Yakult has a “light” version here, which comes in blue packaging, compared to the original one in red.

  7. I drink Yobick as a supplement to feed the good bacteria in Yakult, so I drink alternately. Not sure about the other brands and if their probiotic content is still live as I’ve seen Goodday stored in room temp at the grocery.

    • Now that’s interesting to know! I guess the beneficial bacteria there remain live as long as the bottle remains unopened. Maybe the probiotics could tolerate room temperature environments, but not hotter ones that cause them to die out.

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