There are things, that we cherish so much as part of our childhood memories, that often when we see that certain thing, it triggers wonderful memories of our childhood that we’d go back over, and over again. For me, it has got to be Yakult.
I grew up drinking two Yakult bottles daily, as I am addicted to its taste. If I were the only child, I think I would definitely devour one pack per day, but I needed to share my favorite drink to my siblings!
Last Saturday, a childhood dream of mine came true, as I was able to see how Yakult was made, at their only manufacturing plant in the Philippines, located in Makiling, Laguna. I was joined with co-Yakult lovers, also called as ” Batang Yakults,” Phoebe, Nikki, Trixie, Rowena, Jenn, Joan, Richard, Carlos, and Chrissie!
We all started out with a short orientation of the Yakult by Miss Bella, the officer-in-charge who welcomes and facilitates orientations inside the plant. Yakult was the brainchild of Dr. Minoru Shirota, the founder of the lactobacilli casei shirota strain. His lifelong research was all about probiotics – good bacteria in the stomach. His advocacy is disease prevention rather than seeking cure, and affordable and readily available health products for everyone. Thus, he is the father of Yakult.
Now, Yakult is available in various countries, and luckily, our own country! Doesn’t it feel good to see your smiling Yakult lady everyday, offering you the drink of good health? I admit, that even now, I myself go down from the office to meet and smile at my Yakult lady, as she delivers me my daily 2 packs ( because we’re a big family! ) It’s also warming to the heart that even our employees buy themselves one or two bottles everyday from our Yakult lady. Oh yes, good health is definitely for everyone, at P8.00 a day!
As more research is being devoted to probiotics ( good bacteria making us healthy ), more and more studies are conducted, and have concluded that a good dose of Yakult everyday boosts our immune system, and helps us fight against colds, and even prevent acute diarrhea ( this was proven with a study in India )
Well, now that we’re all happy with its benefits ( coupled with its great taste , ) let me show you how Yakult is made!
Well, the main ingredients of Yakult are first and foremost, the lactobacilli shirota strain ( the mooost important ingredient, of course! ), skim milk, and sweetener. If asked, why does Yakult taste different in different countries ( given, the most basic variant? ) ? Well, we have different sweeteners we use for every country, and I think it explains that!
Kids having so much fun with the giant Yakult Bottle
Oh, see that shapely Yakult bottle? Did you know that it is only the second bottle/product to have been approved to have a 3d patent in Japan, being second to the infamous Coca Cola bottle?
In other countries, Yakult has a variety of products -
I had so much fun checking out the plant’s collection of Yakult products all over the world, and somehow wished they had that much varieties here. Well, maybe, one day!
Let me end this entry, with the answer of one question that’s been widely asked – why only offer Yakult at 60ml, why are there no bigger bottles?
Well, Yakult Philippines tells us that the size of our bottles are just right, as it would be contaminated or unhygienic if we would have a bigger bottle, and as we wouldn’t be able to finish it, we’ll just reseal the cap and drink again. The small bottle also goes alongside Dr. Minoru Shirota’s philosophy that good health should be for everyone. For the size and price, it is just right for people from all walks of life to maintain good health by a daily, affordable, but delicious drink!
Thank you, Yakult Philippines, for the lovely plant visit! I definitely feel like a child again! Yakult will always be in my fridge no matter how old I am, methinks!