What is a probiotic?
Probiotics, as defined by the World Health Organisation, are “live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts confer, a health benefit on the host”.

Why do I need probiotics?
Some of today’s lifestyle factors such as stress, ageing, medications like antibiotics, and poor diets can upset the balance of bacteria in your gut. Probiotics can assist in maintaining the balance of good and potentially harmful bacteria in the gut.

Why drink Yakult?
Yakult is a refreshing way to include a source of probiotics in your diet. Yakult contains the unique probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain, with 6.5 billion beneficial bacteria in every 65mL bottle.

How often can I drink Yakult?
Yakult can be consumed daily. Drinking one bottle daily is an easy way to restore and maintain the balance of beneficial bacteria in your gut. All consumable probiotics cannot permanently stay in your gut and will need to be replenished regularly.

Can I drink more than one bottle per day?
Yes, drinking more than one bottle a day is not harmful when included as part of a balanced diet. Drinking Yakult regularly helps to ensure a regular supply of the Shirota strain in your gut.

Is there any particular time of day to drink Yakult?
No. Yakult can be enjoyed at any time of the day. However, if you would like to have more than one bottle per day, you may choose to space them out by having one in the morning and one in the evening.

Can I add Yakult to other foods?
Yes. Yakult can be added to cereals, smoothies, milkshakes, cheesecakes or any other cold foods. Do not add Yakult to hot foods and drinks as high temperatures may kill some of the bacteria.

Why is there sediment in the bottom of my bottle?
We recommend you give your bottle a shake before you drink it. The sediment is the natural settling of the skimmed milk solids.

How to open your bottle of Yakult?
To Open a bottle of Yakult

  1. Starting from the tab on the cap, lift the foil away from the whole bottle
  2. From the tab, lift the foil gently from the rim of the bottle
  3. Enjoy your bottle of Yakult

How should Yakult be stored?
Yakult must be kept refrigerated, below 4⁰C.

What is the shelf life of Yakult?
The shelf life of Yakult is 45 days from the date of manufacture. The use-by-date can be found in two places:

  • On the back of our outer product packaging.
  • On the waist of each individual bottle.

Can my bottle be recycled?
Yakult bottles are actually code 6 recyclable. Most councils take code 6 recyclables, check with your local council to see if it takes this type of recycling.

How long has Yakult been available in Australia?
Yakult was first launched in Australia in 1994. However, Yakult originated in Japan over 80 years ago.

When did Yakult get introduced to New Zealand?
Yakult was introduced to New Zealand in 2004 and has been growing in popularity since its introduction.

How long has Yakult LIGHT been available in Australia?
Yakult LIGHT was first available in 2004. In 2017, Yakult reformulated Yakult LIGHT to boast further reductions in sugar and energy content and to use Stevia, a plant-based sweetener.

Can I come on a tour of the Yakult factory?
Yes, you can come on a factory tour of our modern manufacturing facility here in Dandenong South, Victoria. Click here for more information about factory tours!

Enjoy Yakult at any time of the day, morning, noon or night, with or without food!


What is the difference between Yakult Original and Yakult LIGHT?
Yakult LIGHT is a reduced sugar version of Yakult Original. It contains 75% less sugar and 40% less calories than the original. Yakult LIGHT uses Stevia, a plant-based sweetener, as a sugar substitute.

Why is there sugar in Yakult?
Sugar is necessary for taste; otherwise, the drink will taste sour due to the lactic acid produced by the bacteria during the natural fermentation process.

Is there any fat or cholesterol in Yakult?
No. Yakult is fat and cholesterol free.

Is Yakult artificially coloured?
No. The colour of Yakult is acquired from the natural caramelisation process during the heating of the skim milk powder and sugar mixture, prior to fermentation.

Is there anyone who should not drink Yakult?
Individuals who experience allergies to dairy, cow’s milk protein or those with sensitivity to citrus should not drink Yakult.

Is Yakult suitable for those with lactose intolerance?
Yes. Yakult and Yakult LIGHT are low in lactose, containing only a small amount of lactose (less than 2 grams of lactose per serve). Most people with lactose intolerance are still able to tolerate small amounts of lactose.

Is Yakult gluten free?
Yes. Yakult and Yakult LIGHT are gluten free and suitable for individuals with Coeliac Disease.

Is Yakult suitable for pregnant and breast-feeding women?
Yes. Yakult is safe to drink during pregnancy and can be consumed as part of a balanced diet.

Is Yakult suitable for babies and children?
Yakult is suitable for children who can safely consume cows milk and citrus fruits without any allergies or sensitivities. Children can drink Yakult as part of their normal diet when they start on solids and are consuming a varied diet. For younger children, you may prefer to dilute or give a smaller amount of Yakult.

Is Yakult suitable for Diabetics?
Yes. People with diabetes can enjoy Yakult as part of a healthy diet. If you would like a lower sugar option, try our Yakult LIGHT which has 75% less sugar and 40% less calories than Yakult Original.

Is Yakult suitable for vegetarian?
Yakult is suitable for individuals following a vegetarian diet who consume milk-based products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt. The ingredients in Yakult includes skim milk powder, water, sugar, citrus flavours and our unique probiotic bacteria the Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain. However, Yakult may not be appropriate for individuals following a vegan diet, where no animal products are consumed as Yakult contains skim milk powder.

Is Yakult Halal?
Internationally some of our overseas Yakult companies have received Halal certification. However, in Australia, we have not pursued the application process to be considered Halal and thus cannot claim the Yakult drinks produced here as Halal.

Is Yakult beneficial for people taking antibiotics?
Yes. Antibiotics can disrupt the balance of your gut bacteria by potentially removing many of the beneficial bacteria along with the harmful bacteria. Including a probiotic like Yakult before, during and after a course of antibiotics may help to reduce the disruption of balance in your gut.

Yakult contains NO artificial colours or preservatives!

What is the Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain?
Lactobacillus casei Shirota are probiotics which meet the World Health Organisation definition for probiotics. This particular strain has been proven to survive strong gastric and bile acids to arrive alive in the digestive system, favourably increasing the numbers of beneficial bacteria there.

How many bacteria are in a bottle of Yakult?
There are 6.5 billion Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain in every 65ml bottle of Yakult. This means there are 1010 (10 billion) Lactobacillus casei Shirota in every 100ml of Yakult.

Each millilitre (ml) of Yakult contains 100, 000, 000 (100 million) bacteria!