Yakult Joie: Benefits of the Yogurt Drink

Yakult (ヤクルト) is a Japanese company that produces probiotic drinks, whose signature products include Yakult (released in 1935), Joie (ジョア), and Milmil (ミルミル).

According to the article ヤクルト on Japanese Wikipedia, the company’s name derives from the Esperanto word, Jahurto, meaning yogurt. 

Yakult's Vending Machine

However, the taste of Yakult, including Yakult 1000, is somewhat different from yogurt. Instead, Joie is just like that, and I bought it (Price: 110 yen) from a vending machine today.

Yakult Joie

Yakult Joie Blueberry & Strawberry Flavors Yogurt Drinks

Based on the announcement by Yakult, Joie is the world’s first drink-type yogurt, introduced to the market in 1970, responding to the change in customers’ preferences.

Unlike the original Yakult, it comes in fruit flavors and contains calcium and vitamin D in addition to the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (YIT 9029).

Health Benefits

Yakult Joie Yogurt Drink Strawberry Flavor

As with Yakult, Joie contains Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota and improves the intestinal environment, as the microorganisms are delivered live to the intestines.

Plus, the yogurt drink serves as a rich source of calcium, like milk. It also contains vitamin D, which helps absorb calcium.


Yakult Joie Yogurt Drink Blueberry Flavor

Based on the official site, Yakult Joie currently comes in Multi Vitamins-contained Blueberry, Iron & Folic Acid-packed Muscat, and Calcium & Vitamin D-rich Plain and Strawberry flavors.

These Blueberry and Strawberry drinks I got this time are freshly fruity and delicious as you expect!

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Yakult Joie Strawberry Ingredients

Skim milk powder, Strawberry juice, Sugar, Calcium phosphate, Flavoring, Stabiliser (Succinoglycan), Vegetable pigment, Vitamin D

Yakult Joie Strawberry Nutrtition Facts Label

Nutritional Values per Bottle (125 ml)
Calories 79 kcal
Protein 4.5 g
Fat 0.1 g
Carbohydrates 15.0 g
Salt equivalents 0.1 – 0.2 g
Calcium 680 mg
Vitamin D 5.5μg

Yakult Joie Blueberry Ingredients

Skim milk powder, Sugar, Blueberry juice/pulp, Aronia juice, Calcium lactate, Stabiliser (Pectin), Flavoring, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D

Yakult Joie Blueberry Nutrition Facts Label

Nutritional Values per Bottle (125 ml)
Calories 87 kcal
Protein 4.4 g
Fat 0.1 g
Carbohydrates 17.1 g
Salt equivalents 0.1 – 0.2 g
Calcium 220 mg
Vitamin B6 1.3 mg
Vitamin D 5.5μg
Vitamin E 6.3 mg


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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