We know that probiotic is beneficial to our digestive system health. The main benefit of probiotic is preventing bad bacteria from multiplying and cause harmful effects in our body. Today, there are several brands in the market offering probiotic drink namely Bio Salud and Yakult. Many of you probably already familiar with Yakult, but Bio Salud may not as popular. If you want to know more about them, go check our article below.
In this article we are going to give you information about:
– What is Bio Salud and Yakult
– What Bio Salud and Yakult can offer to you
– What Bio Salud and Yakult are made of
– Bio Salud vs Yakult
About Bio Salud
Bio Salud is a probiotic drink manufactured by El Viajero. There are very little to none information regarding the manufacturer but as you can see at the package, they claims that they already exist since 1898. In the United States the company is located in Monroe, Wisconsin but they are famous as a cheese company. You practically can get the product widely in Walmart or some other online stores. This brand is pretty popular in the United States but people from overseas may not familiar with the brand yet.
Bio Salud Benefit
Since Bio Salud is a probiotic drink, many people drink it to get the benefit of it. Taken from webmd, probiotics are live bacteria and yeast, which is good for health especially for digestive system. People often called probiotic as the good bacteria for its benefit in our body. However, you shouldn’t mistake Probiotic with Prebiotic since they are two different things. Probiotic is the living bacteria in your stomach while Prebiotic is these bacteria feed.
Probiotic works in our body by helping food going through your digestive system by affecting nerves that control gut movement. Some research suggest that Probiotic is able to treat irritable bowel syndrome; inflammatory bowel disease; infectious diarrhea caused by viruses; bacteria, or parasites; antibiotic related diarrhea; skin condition, urinary and vaginal health, preventing allergies and colds as well as oral health.
Bio Salud Ingredients
Looking from Bio Salud ingredients list we know that this delicious drink is made with filtered water, cultured grade A pasteurized nonfat milk, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, artificial flavor and others. We know that cultured milk have been used since ancient times to prolong and enhance the milk taste as well as to improve the digestibility of the milk.
Cultured milk is made by fermenting the milk with lactic acid bacteria, which is why Bio Salud is rich in probiotic. Bio Salud comes in various package; some may contain only 5, 6 or even 50 bottles. You may also find the drink in various flavor like strawberry beside its original flavor.
The serving size of the drink is one bottle of 62 ml probiotic drink. In each serving, there is 1 grams protein, 35 calories, around 5 grams carbohydrate as well as 100 IU Vitamin A. It doesn’t contain saturated fat or any fat, which is great to maintain cardiovascular health.
However, there are also not so good ingredients in its list, such as high fructose corn syrup, which may contribute to weight gain or type 2 diabetes. Dextrose also not favorable ingredient, since it may increase blood sugar level. Another questionable ingredient is artificial flavor, which is known to cause many problems including dizziness, chest pain, nervous system depression, headache, fatigue, allergies, and many more.
Yakult is a brand of probiotic drink manufactured by Yakult Honsha. This drink is very popular especially in Asian countries, where you can get it easily in small stores or in big grocery stores. Not only drink to get the benefit from its probiotic, Yakult also used on many beverages in restaurants for its fresh and unique flavor. Being marketed since 1935, the brand is familiar with many generations. Depend on where you live, Yakult may be sold in different size.
In the United States, which is one of Yakult biggest selling market, you can get the product in 80 ml bottles while in some countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China the product is sold in 100 ml bottles. In Singapore, you even find 4 different flavors of Yakult including original, orange, grape, and green apple. Another variant called Yakult Light is available in Australia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Check other healthy drink in our previous article about Almond milk vs Skim milk here.
Yakult contains an exclusive probiotic named L.casei strain Shirota or LcS. This probiotic is beneficial to improve digestion and help you building better immunity if consumed in daily basis. We know that in our body there are trillions of bacteria both good and bad. Good bacteria is beneficial since it can help your digestive system, make vitamins and stimulate immune cells. At the other hand bad bacteria will disturb the work of good bacteria and create harmful substance that will affect your health in a bad way.
Bad bacteria is multiplying faster with unbalanced diet, lack of sleep, high stress, and lack of daily exercise. If bad bacteria leave as it is, you may suffer from poor digestion as well as weak immunity. By drinking Yakult that contains more than 6.5 billion LcS each of its bottle, you can make it difficult for bad bacteria to take over your digestive system. This amount of good bacteria is also the highest among other similar drink in the market.
Yakult is made with reconstituted skimmed milk, glucose-fructose syrup, maltodextrin, sugar, flavoring and LcS. Among these ingredients sugar is not favorable along with maltodextrin, which is also a type of sweetener, since it may give bad effect like weight gain and other problem related to sugar. The recommended serving size of Yakult is one bottle per day. In each serving, the drink contains 50 calories 12 grams carbohydrate as well as 4% calcium. Yakult does not contain any fat, cholesterol, preservatives, gluten, and high fructose corn syrup.
Now, let’s compare Bio Salud with Yakult. From the popularity, Yakult is winning in both US and many other countries. From calorie per serving, Yakult contain more calories than Bio Salud since Yakult is sold in 80 ml bottle and Bio Salud is sold in 62 ml. Bio Salud uses high fructose corn syrup and dextrose while Yakult uses glucose and maltodextrin.
Bio Salud vs Yakult
|- Sold in 62 ml bottle||- Sold in 80 ml bottle|
|- Uses high fructose corn syrup and dextrose||- Uses glucose and maltodextrin|
|- Not as popular as Yakult||- Very popular in many country including in the United States|
|- Available in fruit flavors||- Available in light version|
All in all, the decision is all yours to make. Both drinks are beneficial for your digestive health but you should pay attention to their unfavorable ingredients like sugar and similar ingredients. In our opinion, aside from the benefit, both have great taste, so you may base your decision on how delicious they are.