Does Yakult get fat or lose weight?
The vast majority of Brazilians have already taken Yakult. The image of the dealers pulling the cart of the product through the streets is part of our daily life.
We grew up hearing about living Lactobacilli. We take such fermented milk, but few people know it is a probiotic food.
After all, what are these Live Lactobacilli?
Bacteria are usually associated with diseases, however, those that inhabit a healthy intestine are responsible for its proper functioning.
In our intestinal flora there are at least 10 billion bacteria per mm². Most of them are lactobacilli.
These lactobacilli come alive to the intestine, because they can survive the acidity of the stomach. In the intestinal environment, they reproduce quickly.
How Do Lactobacilli Work?
Lactobacilli are like "natural antibiotics." In the intestinal environment there is competition for food. This fight between good bacteria and harmful bacteria happens all the time.
The lactobacilli, being in greater number, consume the nutrients, leaving little for the other bacterial forms; in this way, they are decimated, keeping us away from infections.
When an imbalance occurs, and the number of lactobacilli is supplanted by the harmful bacteria, we get sick. To this imbalance we call intestinal dysbiosis.
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The presence of lactobacilli also increases the acidity in the intestinal environment, hindering the proliferation and growth of harmful microorganisms. Hence the enormous importance of lactobacilli.
Possible Causes of Dysbiosis
- Indiscriminate use of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, corticosteroids, antacids and analgesics;
- Excessive use of purgatives and laxatives;
- Poor production of gastric juices;
- Low fiber intake;
- High consumption of sugars and fats;
- Abuse of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes;
- Food poisoning;
- Hepatic dysfunction;
Does Yakult get fat or lose weight?
Studies related to the subject are still very preliminary. To find out if Yakult gets fat or thin, we'll try to understand a little more about him.
Among these studies, one of them, published by the Journal of Functional Foods, suggests that these supplements may prevent intestinal fat absorption, however, modestly.
It came to this result after the analysis of a small group of volunteers, all of them slightly overweight.
It was also noted that good intestinal bacteria promote a positive change in the way the body absorbs the calories from food, which could create a possibility for us to state in the future that Yakult is losing weight. However, all these studies take much longer to be conclusive.
Calories and Nutrition Facts
A unit of Yakult has 51 calories, 11g of carbohydrates, 1.6g of protein, and 0g of fats.
We can conclude that each unit has very few calories to be considered as a villain of a diet. It would be exaggerated to say that Yakult is fattening even if the person takes two units a day.
Yakult x Lactose Intolerance (IL)
Being a probiotic, fermented milk, when it reaches the intestine, allows its lactobacilli to settle in its mucosa, where it will feed on some fibers and lactose, acting as an important adjuvant in the treatment of symptoms caused by intolerance to lactose.
Obviously, people who have a proven lactose intolerance need to talk to their doctor before consuming such products.
- It works as a bactericide;
- It balances the intestinal flora;
- Stimulates the immune system;
- Regularizes intestinal transit;
- Facilitates the absorption of nutrients;
- Relieves constipation;
- Prevents the formation of gases.
How to Make Yakult at Home
For those who consume the fermented milks in large quantities, it may be interesting to try to make it at home.
It is quite simple to arrive at the result, with a good reduction of expenses.
First, choose a glass bottle with a lid. They need to be well sterilized in boiling water. This includes all objects that will be used during recipe preparation, including spoon and funnel, when you need to use them.
1 liter of skimmed milk;
2 pots of Yakult;
3 tablespoons brown sugar (for syrup);
3 tablespoons water (for syrup);
The way to do it is detailed, step by step, in the link below:
Advantages of homemade Yakult
- One of the advantages of doing so at home is in the possibility of controlling sugar, and it is even possible to exclude it;
- The choice of skim milk also makes the final product healthier.
Desvantages of homemade Yakult
- Because it is a home-made product, its shelf life is much shorter and should be consumed within a few days, since there are no preservatives except those already present in milk and Yakult. Do not forget to keep it in the refrigerator;
- Do not consume too much. Respect the daily doses. The homemade product has the same side effects as industrialized Yakult.
How Much to Consume?
Although it is greatly appreciated, the size of the bottle would be the indicated daily dose. People with predisposition may accelerate intestinal peristalsis, causing diarrhea.
Although it is a product easily found and sold freely, it would be interesting to target the daily quantities.
There are no reported cases of severe contraindications. People who are proven to be allergic to the product should, of course, avoid it.
It is not recommended to consume the product too much with the idea of making it a laxative, because besides being not the proposal of the fermented milks, for now it is ruled out the idea that Yakult slims.
Obviously, in causing a possible picture of diarrhea, the person will lose weight by dehydration and not by burning fat.
- Although "in natura" milk contains lactobacilli, they do not survive the pasteurization process;
- Lactobacilli are present not only in the intestinal flora, but also in the vaginal and buccal flora;
- In some texts it will be possible to find the word "microbiota" instead of intestinal flora.
Our health depends on a mix of components acting in a balanced way, and our intestinal flora is part of this process.
You have to keep it healthy by eating fresh foods, soluble and insoluble fiber, reducing excess sugar, sodium and fats. To complement, the consumption of the fermented milks will supply some food shortage, strengthening and helping our intestine in the performance of its function.