FAQs

Why drink Yakult?
How does Yakult work?
What are probiotics?
How many bottles of Yakult per day are recommended?
Who can drink Yakult?
What are the benefits of drinking Yakult regularly?
Does Yakult have any side effects?
Are probiotics safe?
Is Yakult a yogurt drink?
Can I drink it if I am lactose intolerant?
I have to watch my sugar intake. Is Yakult ok?
What do I do if I cannot find Yakult in my local grocery store?
Can I drink Yakult after the expiration date?
Where is Yakult
What is the difference between regular Yakult and Yakult Light?
Does Yakult Light taste different?


Why drink Yakult?

You may not think about your digestive system when you think about your overall well-being, but that's where good health and proper nutrition begins. Drinking Yakult daily may help balance your digestive system. For 75 years, people around the world have been making Yakult a part of their daily diet - now you can, too!

On top of all the benefits Yakult tastes great! Over 28 million children and adults around the world enjoy the delicious citrus taste of Yakult every day.

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How does Yakult work?

Yakult is probiotic; it contains billions of live and active "good bacteria." Your digestive system naturally contains trillions of all kinds of bacteria -- some are helpful, some are harmful. When you drink Yakult daily, it makes it difficult for the bad bacteria to take over . Yakult also gives you more of the good bacteria that may help balance your digestive system.

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What are probiotics?

According to The Joint FAO/World Health Organization, probiotics are "live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host." They are the "friendly" bacteria that can help correct imbalances in our digestive system. In fact, our digestive system is home to TRILLIONS of bacteria, including probiotics.

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How many bottles of Yakult per day are recommended?
Regular consumption of Yakult is important. We recommend drinking one or two bottles daily as part of your regular diet.

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Who can drink Yakult?
From young to old, everybody can enjoy Yakult's refreshing and delicious citrus taste! For adults, drinking one or two bottles every day, either with or after meals, is recommended. For children, one bottle a day is recommended. For infants over the age of 8 months and toddlers, one bottle a day is recommended. We suggest introducing Yakult into their diet slowly by first giving small amounts and gradually increasing to a full bottle.

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What are the benefits of drinking Yakult regularly?
Because every one's biological make-up is unique, each one of us may experience our own unique health benefits. Generally speaking, Yakult may help balance your digestive system.

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Does Yakult have any side effects?
No. Yakult is a food product and does not have any harmful side effects. For those trying Yakult for the first time, you may experience increased bloating (usually within the first week) while the body establishes a better balance.

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Are probiotics safe?
Yes. Probiotics stem from the concept of yogurt - certain "friendly" bacteria that prove to have a health benefit beyond basic nutrition. People have been consuming yogurt for thousands of years. Yakult also has a strong record of safety that spans more than 75 years. In fact, our company is recognized as the pioneer of the probiotics after introducing the world's first consumer packaged probiotic shot, Yakult, in 1935.

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Is Yakult a yogurt drink?
No. Yakult is a fermented dairy drink that contains probiotic cultures rather than yogurt cultures. The main difference between yogurt and probiotic cultures is that probiotics must have scientifically proven health benefits while yogurts do not. Another point of distinction is the type of cultures; probiotics are typically various species and strains of lactobacilli or bifidobacteria, while yogurt starter cultures are specifically Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, according to the National Yogurt Association.

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Can I drink it if I am lactose intolerant?
Yakult is a fermented dairy product containing small amounts of naturally-occurring milk sugar (lactose). Lactose intolerant individuals who may safely consume yogurt, may also enjoy Yakult. Those who have more severe lactose intolerance may be unable to drink Yakult. If you are uncertain about your reaction to dairy, we recommend you discuss with your physician before trying.

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I have to watch my sugar intake. Is Yakult ok?

Each 2.7-ounce bottle of regular Yakult contains 11 grams of sugar, which is approximately one serving of sugar, or one piece of fruit or a single slice of bread. Yakult Light, on the other hand, contains only four grams of sugar. If you have diabetes, be sure to consult your physician on how to best incorporate Yakult into your daily diet.

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What do I do if I cannot find Yakult in my local grocery store?
Yakult is usually located in the dairy aisle of grocery stores, typically in or near the yogurt section. Please try using our store locator to help you find Yakult in your neighborhood. If you still can not find our product at your local store, please contact us at yakult@yakultusa.com and we will search for the nearest market to you that carries Yakult.

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Can I drink Yakult after the expiration date?
The "best if used by" date indicates that after the specified date, the number of bacteria found in Yakult will likely decrease. To enjoy Yakult at its premium, we strongly recommend keeping the product chilled and to discard after the expiration date.

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Where is Yakult

Yakult U.S.A. Inc.'s headquarters are based in Fountain Valley, CA. Yakult U.S.A. Inc.'s parent company, Yakult Honsha Co. Ltd. is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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What is the difference between regular Yakult and Yakult Light?

Yakult is available in two types – regular Yakult (look for red lids) and Yakult Light (look for blue lids). Yakult Light contains 1/3 fewer calories and less sugar than regular Yakult. Yakult Light contains 30 calories whereas our Regular Yakult product contains 50.  
 
But they both pack the same probiotic power to help balance your digestive process.

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Does Yakult Light taste different?

Yakult Light offers the same great citrus taste as regular Yakult! The difference is that it’s sweetened with Reb A, a sweetener extracted from the stevia leaf, along with a small amount of sugar.

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