For the Love of Yakult

Earlier today I posted this photo on my Facebook and Instagram accounts and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of feedback it garnered. I was so stoked to find out that many share my genuine adoration for this bottled wonder called Yakult!

the stuff dreams are made of

I was also oh so pleased to discover that not only do Yakult comes in a slightly bigger size (100ml as compared to the 80ml being sold in the Philippines) but that it also has different flavored variants! Score!! Apparently, Singapore is the only country in the world to have this privilege.

So far, I’ve only tried the green apple variant and it was tangy. Tomorrow, I’ll taste test another one as I’ve been following the so-called one bottle per day rule. But to be honest, there’s nothing I would like more than to consume a jug of Yakult each and everyday.

Such a shame Yakult couldn’t come in bigger servings. But according to this feature article, there’s a reason why Yakult’s serving size is restricted to its current form:

According to data from Yakult’s companies in Malaysia and Australia, the cultured milk drink only comes in small bottles to avoid contamination.

“A smaller bottle is more hygienic. A larger bottle that is not finished might be kept open, thus a bigger risk of infection with other bacteria,” Yakult Malaysia said.

“Opening and closing a larger bottle on numerous occasions can result in a decrease in the number of live probiotic bacteria due to the introduction of various air-borne bacteria. This is undesirable because bacteria have the potential to compromise the quality of Yakult,” Yakult Australia said.

One small bottle is enough to keep people healthy each day so there’s no need to sell Yakult in bigger servings, the two companies said.

“If Yakult were provided in a larger bottle, people may drink more than needed, and while this is not harmful at all, it can be more expensive,” Yakult Australia said.

On a final note, lemme just say how adorable Yakult Singapore’s website is. For comparison, here’s the OHP of Yakult Philippines:

phil

And here’s for Yakult Singapore:

sgCute! Mr. Yakult, let’s be friends!

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