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Does Expired Protein Powder Go Bad? Is It Still Safe To Use?
So you were digging around in the back of your closet and found an old tub of expired protein powder, and you’re wondering if it’s still safe to consume. Protein powder costs can definitely add up over time, and you certainly wouldn’t want to throw a perfectly good tub into the trash.
So, is expired protein powder bad for you, or is it still safe to consume? Are whey protein expiration dates set in stone?
There is definitely no one single answer that will apply across the board here, but here are some thoughts to take into account on the issue of expired whey protein (or any form of protein powder for that matter)…
Does Whey Protein Expire? 3 Points To Consider…
– If the tub of old protein powder is still sealed and has been stored in a cool, dry place, then it will still be safe to consume for a very long time past the expiry date. 6-18 months would certainly be fine, and it may even be fine for many years past the date listed.
– If the tub has been opened and used you’ll want to be a lot more cautious. Expired protein powder with a broken seal may have bacteria inside, and this is especially an issue if it’s been sitting in a warm place. I wouldn’t go any further than about 6 months past the date in this case.
– If the expired protein shake is an MRP or weight gainer that also has fats added, you’ll also want to be more cautious here since the fat can go rancid. Again, no more than a few months past the protein powder expiration date would be my advice here.
So, if you find a a tub of expired whey protein, my advice is to examine it firsthand to make sure that it looks, smells and tastes fine, and then to take these additional points into consideration to decide whether to consume it or buy a new tub.