Sunday, 10 June 2012

The New Must-Buy in HK

Perhaps the most hilarious news of the week is that mainlanders are coming to Hong Kong not to just to buy Gucci and Louis Vuitton bags, powdered milk and Apple gadgets, but to stock up on... Yakult.

It's a Japanese probiotic milk drink that has a strain of the bacterium lactobacillus casei that apparently aids in digestion.

But the drink has so much sugar -- 18g for every 100g, but the beverage is packaged in 65ml bottles. Soft drinks and orange juice have about 10g for ever 100g, but are in much larger bottles.

The reason why mainlanders are coming to the Fragrant Harbour for this drink?

There was a rumour that drinking Yakult could enlarge breasts, whiten skin and even cure cancer.

And because they don't trust the products within their own country, mainlanders have been coming here and buying Yakult by the caseload.

However with a dose of skepticism, one would realize those rumours were false.

We like the one about enlarging breasts, but surely drinking too much Yakult would actually lead to diabetes at least with so much sugar in it?

This is what happens when 1.3 billion people do not have critical thinking skills...

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