Common questions

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When and how often should I drink Yakult?

Whenever you like! Many people have theirs at breakfast time as part of their daily routine, but it’s really up to you!

What is the difference between Yakult Original and Yakult Light?

Yakult Original (red top) and Yakult Light (blue top). Both contain the same number of our unique bacteria; however, Yakult Light is enriched with vitamins D & E, contains less sugar and fewer calories.

Why does Yakult contain sugar?

Each bottle of Yakult Original contains 8.8g of sugar, and a bottle of Yakult Light contains 2.9g. Sugar plays an important role in production with our unique bacteria using it as part of the fermentation process.

What does Yakult do?

Yakult contains a unique strain of bacteria that is scientifically proven to reach the gut alive. There are billions of these bacteria in every little bottle. Yakult products are supported by over 80 years of research.

When and how often should I drink Yakult?

Whenever you like! Many people have theirs at breakfast time as part of their daily routine, but it’s really up to you!

What's in a bottle of Yakult original?

Yakult Original contains: water, skimmed milk (reconstituted), glucose-fructose syrup, sugar, maltodextrin, flavourings and L. casei Shirota.  For nutritional information click here  

What's Yakult Light?

Yakult Light contains 20 billion of our unique bacteria and is enriched with vitamins D & E! Vitamin D supports the maintenance of normal bones and muscle function, as well as the normal function of the immune system, whilst vitamin E contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.  

Where is Yakult produced?

Each little bottle of Yakult sold in Europe is manufactured in our factory in the Netherlands.

Is Yakult available worldwide?

Yakult products are available in over 40 countries and regions worldwide.

What is Yakult?

Yakult is a fermented milk drink first developed in 1935 by Japanese scientist, Dr Shirota. Today, it is available in over 40 countries and regions worldwide. Each little bottle contains billions of our unique strain of lactic acid bacteria, L. casei Shirota, scientifically proven to reach the gut alive.

What does Yakult taste like?

Our taste experts say that each sip of Yakult Original and Yakult Light delivers a delicious hit of a unique blend of silky citrus and vanilla flavours. It’s the perfect way to start your day! Try it and find out!  

What is the sediment at the bottom of the bottle?

It’s the natural settling of skimmed milk solids as a result of the production process. Just give the bottle a quick shake before opening.

Can Yakult be frozen?

You can freeze Yakult but we don’t recommend it as cold temperatures can affect the bacteria. If frozen, it’s best to defrost Yakult slowly and drink it within a week.

Where can I buy Yakult?

You can find Yakult (usually in the yoghurt aisle) in all major supermarkets. In the UK, try your local Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado or local independent supermarket. You can also have Yakult delivered straight to your door by your milkman! Ireland: Yakult is available nationwide in Tesco, Dunnes, and Super Valu, The Joyce Shops, Galway and Nolans Vernon Avenue in Dublin.

How is Yakult made?

There are a few key elements required to make one of our little bottles: a complex production process involving Yakult’s unique bacteria and high quality ingredients is conducted under strict quality control. It takes nearly a week of fermentation to make a bottle of Yakult. We guarantee a minimum of 20 billion  L. casei Shirota bacteria, in every little bottle. Find out more

From what age can children drink Yakult?

Yakult is not formulated for young babies, and shouldn't be used to replace breast milk or infant formula. It can be introduced after they have started solid foods and are eating a varied diet. Children can drink Yakult as part of their normal diet.

Is Yakult suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, Yakult is suitable for vegetarians.

Is Yakult suitable for pets?

Some people like to give Yakult to their pets! We don't know of any reason why you couldn't but it's best to check with your vet.