Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

I have a little confession to make. Well, it’s not entirely a big deal, but I want to share this piece of revelation, anyway. While I was organizing my library of eBooks earlier today, I thought about getting myself a glass of water. When I opened our refrigerator, I saw this pack of Yakult. It cannot be mistaken that these are my youngest brother’s goodies.

Yakult is a Japanese probiotic milk-like product made by fermenting a mixture of skimmed milk with a special strain of the bacterium Lactobacillus casei Shirota. It was created by Minoru Shirota who graduated from the Medical School of Kyoto University in 1930.

I noticed that the packaging has not changed since I can remember. When I was a kid, a lady would walk in our neighborhood everyday to deliver or offer Yakult to those interested. Now I seldom see them around when one can conveniently purchase a pack in grocery stores.

So what’s the fuzz about all this, you may ask? I remember trying Yakult only once in my life, and I didn’t like it until today. Perhaps in every ten friends I have, nine of them would say that they love Yakult. I don’t really understand why they like it so much when I thought it was awful the first time I tried it. For curiosity’s sake, I grabbed one and instead of peeling its aluminum foil seal, I stuck a slim straw like it were some fruit juice in a tetra pack.

On my first sip, I thought to myself, how come nobody told me this tastes so good?! Well, they did, but no one really tried to talk me out of it. Turned out Yakult is my kind of drink. You know I don’t really go for sweetened drinks that much, so the zesty flavor just got me sold!

Consumption of a bottle of Yakult claims that it aids in proper digestion which, I suppose, is a good thing. The original flavor is available in most countries except in Singapore where Yakult comes in three variants—orange, grape, and apple. Did you know why Yakult bottles come in small packages? According to Yakult Malaysia, “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.”

Now that I’ve fallen in love with Yakult, maybe I’ll try some Yakult-blended drinks from my favorite milk tea shops. After all, it wouldn’t hurt to try. Oh, my brother better watch his stash of this good stuff. Before he knows it, they’re all gone! *grins*

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