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.