Yesterday, I was eating brunch with my colleagues Ete (Esther) and Mayor (he’s not a public official) in the company’s cafeteria when Mayor surprised us with his experiment.
“Do you want to drink more Yakult?” Mayor asked with the confidence of a magician in his show.
“Of course,” Ete and I chorused.
“Then what you need are only two things: Yakult and Smart C+ Lemon,” he replied.
Yakult is a popular Japanese probiotic drink made by fermented skimmed milk with live Lactobacillus Shirota strain. Benefits of Yakult consumption like maintenance of gut flora, modulation of the immune system, regulation of bowel habits and constipation, and finally effects on some gastrointestinal infections are proven by various scientific studies. Aside from these advantages, the taste of this milk-like drink is so unique that a lot of people from Japan, Taiwan, mainland China, Singapore, Hong kong, Philippines, South Korea, Australia, Europe, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Americas, Mexico, and Thailand want to drink this almost every day.
Smart C+ Lemon, on one hand, is one of the flavors of Smart C+ drink. Smart C+ is a Philippine ready-to-drink healthy product which has the highest content of Vitamin C in the market. It comes in three flavors: Lemon Squeeze, Orange Crush, and Pomelo Grapefruit.
Mayor’s selling point is that the mixture will have the same Yakult taste and this got our attention. Ete and I were curious. Smart C+ and Yakult? Really?
Mayor bought a 500 mL of Smart C+ and 2 bottles of 80 mL Yakult. He mixed the combined 160 mL of Yakult to half a liter of the lemon juice. Ete and I were like holding our breath when Mayor was performing his magician’s trick. Soon, it was finished. And like any cooking show, it must end with a taste test. Ete went first. Her face transformed from doubt to surprised to amazed. She then exclaimed, “It is Yakult!”
I didn’t need any invitation after that. I tried the mixture myself. The verdict? It tastes exactly like Yakult!
We were like kids who found a chest full of gold. We animatedly talk throughout brunch while sipping our Yakult.
We do not know the reason behind the result of the experiment though I suggested that perhaps the sour element of Yakult complemented the vitamin C taste of Smart C+. Well, that’s just my hunch.
How about you guys? Do you drink Yakult? Do you like it? Don’t you get frustrated by its small packaging? Have you also tried mixing it with another drink?