At the moment one of the favourite marketing buzzwords is ‘probiotic’ and we are constantly bombarded with information and messages telling us that we need ‘healthy’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria in order to remain fit and healthy. Every other yoghurt in the supermarket is probiotic now and there is a huge market for the little probiotic drinks that you should take daily to improve your digestion and therefore immune system. The marketing has been comprehensive and as a result many hundreds of thousands of us dutifully drink our mini yoghurt drinks each day, thinking we can’t function without it and so the millions of $$$$ roll in for the big food and pharmaceutical companies.
So, this raises a number of questions…….. 1) What is a probiotic, and do we need a probiotic at all? …and…. 2) Are drinks like Yakult actually any good for us?
Contains 1010 (10 billion)Lactobacillus casei Shirota per 100ml when refrigerated (6.5 billion per bottle).