Does Expired Protein Powder Go Bad? Is It Still Safe To Use?

Does Expired Protein Powder Go Bad? Is It Still Safe To Use?


Hey guys, Sean Nalewanyj here of BodyTransformationTruth.com,
and in this video I want to answer the question of whether expired protein powder is still
okay to use and if it’s fine to consume the product even after the date listed on
the tub has passed. Well, as with most bodybuilding and fitness questions, there is no single
black and white answer that will apply in every situation. So rather than giving one
definite guideline here, I’ll just go over some of the main points that you’re going
to want to consider. So first off, before doing anything, you’ll obviously want to
examine the powder firsthand to look for any obvious signs that it’s gone bad. So if
it contains any clumps due to moisture getting inside, if it’s discolored in any way or if
it smells or tastes slightly off, then you’ll definitely want to get rid of it and just
purchase a new tub instead. Now assuming that the powder looks, smells and tastes fine,
the next thing to consider is where it’s been stored and whether or not the tub is
still sealed. If the protein powder is still sealed and if it’s been stored in a cool,
dry environment, then it should be perfectly fine to consume for quite a long period after
the expiration date has passed. 6-18 months past the date will almost certainly be okay
in most cases, again, as long as you know for sure that it’s been stored properly,
and technically speaking it might be good for even several years after the expiration
date. However, there are no guarantees here, and whether or not you want to consume a protein
powder that is 2 years or more past the listed expiration date or just purchase a new tub
is up to you. Now, if the protein powder has been opened and if it was previously already
used around the time when it was first purchased, then you’re dealing with a different situation,
and in this case, there’s already been a chance for moisture and bacteria to get inside
the tub and to multiply, and this becomes a particular issue for concern if the protein
has been stored in a warm place for any reasonable length of time. So, if the expired protein
powder has already been previously opened, then I would recommend that you be a lot more
cautious with it and I personally wouldn’t consume it any more than probably about 6
months past the expiration date. Again though, do keep in mind that these are just overall
guidelines and it is possible that it might still be perfectly okay. There’s no way
to know for sure, however, I would personally much rather err on the side of caution and
simply purchase a fresh tub in this situation. The final factor to consider is whether you’re
dealing with a pure protein powder (like for example, whey or casein) or a product that
has additional carbohydrates and fats mixed in, such as a meal replacement powder or a
weight gainer powder. If the expired protein powder contains additional fat that has been
added in, then you’ll also want to be more cautious in this situation since the fat will
eventually go rancid just like it would in any other food product. So, if it’s an expired
meal replacement powder or an expired weight gainer powder that contains added fats, then
I wouldn’t consume it any more than probably a few months past the expiration date. Keep
in mind once again though that the guidelines given in this video are just general overall
recommendations to go by, and there really is no way for you to know for certain whether
a particular tub of protein powder is safe to consume or not. So my suggestion is that
if you do find an expired tub of protein that you aren’t sure about, examine it firsthand,
take the points in this video into consideration, weigh it off against the cost of just buying
a new tub altogether, and then make the decision for yourself. So thanks for watching this
video lesson, I hope you found the information useful here today. If you want to learn some
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