Discovering an old tube of protein powder at the back of your closet can be both exciting and disappointing. It all depends on the expiration date.
If it is way beyond the expiration date, that excitement will soon diminish and will turn into curiosity. Does protein powder expire?
While in certain conditions and scenarios protein powder is still good after exceeding its expiration date, it is also important to consider other factors that may affect the protein powder’s ability to produce the effects you want.
You might have found a tube of protein powder that is nearing its expiration date. Or, maybe you see a protein powder for sale at a discounted price but the expiration date is too close.
Many people have wondered if it’s safe to use out-of-date protein powder, and to be honest, there is no official black and white answer. In this article, we will be going through some of the important points to consider.
Does Protein Powder Expire? Examine the sealed container!
Does protein powder expire? Yes. All protein powders have an expiration date. Whether the product has exceeded the expiration date or is nearing the expiration date, it is always important to examine the powder itself.
If the powder has the traits mentioned below, it may be a clear sign that it is not safe to consume:
- Powder contains any clumps
- Powder is discolored
- The smell is off
- The taste is off
If the above-mentioned instances do not apply, the next thing to do would be to check where you found the tube of protein powder. Where it was stored is an important factor as well as whether the seal on the container has been broken.
If it has been stored in an environment which is cool and dry and the seal is not broken, it is safe to assume that the protein powder can be consumed even after exceeding the expiration date.
6 to 18 Months or 2 Years past the Expiration Date
There is no ultimate rule here. Whether you decide to consume a protein powder that is 6 to 18 months or 2 years past its expiration date is up to you.
However, a protein powder that is only 6 to 18 months past the due date is more likely to be safe rather than a protein powder that is 2 years expired. Most of the time, a protein powder that has exceeded its expiration date by 2 years will have already changed color, smell and taste.
Examining the Powder in a Previously Opened Container
Protein powder that has already been opened will age differently to sealed protein powder. If the protein powder has been previously opened, there is a high chance that bacteria and moisture may have entered the container.
Bacteria and moisture can multiply and can create clumps in your protein powder. We highly suggest that you be vigilant in inspecting the mixture if you opt to still drink the protein powder.
Bacteria and moisture can occur especially if the protein powder was left in a warm place for long periods of time. For precautionary measures, do not consume a previously opened protein powder if it has exceeded the expiration date by 6 months. Again, this may not be the case for all protein powders. Even if it is previously opened, left in a warm place, and has exceeded the due date by 6 months, it is possible that it is still safe to consume.
If the Protein Powder has Additional Fats
Choosing whether one should consume an expired protein powder depends on a lot of factors. In terms of its ingredients, if the protein powder contains additional fats then it is highly advisable not to consume it if it exceeded the due date by 3 months. Keep in mind that fat always goes stale eventually.
In conclusion, we would like to remind you that these are general recommendations in deciding whether or not to consume an expired protein powder. Keep the points mentioned in this article into consideration and compare it to the cost of simply buying a new tube of protein powder. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry.