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2011-07-05 11:54 AM

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Subject: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?
I guess my subject is the main question. I have some expired powder recovery drinks (PowerBar Recovery and another one that escapes me right now), and I've still been using them after hot runs or long rides. There's no danger in that, is there? I feel like it's drinking expired Coke: not as tasty, but still "mostly" effective. I don't feel like it's eating expired meats where you're taking a bigger chance.

Anyone have any thoughts (or data) on consuming expired sports nutrition? If I'm just losing a little of the effectiveness, I'm OK with that. If I'm slowly rotting my colon, I might stop.


2011-07-05 12:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?
I ate some two year old Clif Bars last week.  Didn't seem to be anything wrong with them - other than a bit chewier than normal.
2011-07-05 12:01 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?
axteraa - 2011-07-05 12:00 PM

I ate some two year old Clif Bars last week.  Didn't seem to be anything wrong with them - other than a bit chewier than normal.


That's sort of how I feel.... the old stuff might be "nastier" and maybe slightly less effective (if it contains lots of electrolytes, etc), but still OK to consume.... I hope.
2011-07-05 12:02 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?
Since I buy in bulk, sometimes things will go passed the expiratoin date.  It has never stopped me from eating them and I've never had any ill effects because of it.
2011-07-05 12:06 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?
I once talked to someone very high up in the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency.  He told me that expiration dates were the date to which the quality of the food as far as the published nutritional value is concerned could be assured.  He said after that date, things may start to break down a bit but unless it looks and/or smells bad it's probably not going to do you any harm.  It just may not be as good for you as when it was fresh.
2011-07-05 12:27 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?
I hope they are ok... raiding sports stores for powdered nutrition is a big part of my post apocalyptic survival strategy.

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2011-07-05 12:40 PM
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2011-07-05 12:47 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?

How can you tell the difference in flavor???

I don't even look at the expiration date on these "highly engineered foods." 

2011-07-05 12:52 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?

If stored in a cool, dry place most nutritional supplements, including protein powder and bars, will stay good well after their experation.  Supplements like creatine, beta alanine, bcaas, etc will stay good sometimes years after expiring.

2011-07-05 1:43 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?
I used to work with a  lot of nutritional drink products - Ensure, Boost, etc - the manufacturer stated that they were good up to 3 months past the date, after that the flavor would really go downhill. 
2011-07-05 1:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?

They have expiration dates?

Never any problem here either and some of the gels have been a coughcough year or two or three past. The consistency sometimes gets thick/gluey (kinda like older toothpaste) but seems to be fine.



2011-07-05 2:50 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?
I have some Shot BLOKS that seem to multiply like Tribbles. No clue where they keep coming from. They have gone from orange to brown and I imagine they are slightly alcoholic by now... more bang for the buck, I say!
2011-07-05 3:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?
I was drinking 1 year old gatorade this weekend and didn't have any negative effect on me. 
2011-07-05 4:25 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?
I got a bad gel once, but it was waaaay past the expiration date, like over a year.  I could tell immediately it was off, and didn't finish it (had already downed about half).  I'm still alive.
2011-07-05 6:37 PM
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Seriously, is there nothing else in the world to worry about?
2011-07-05 6:44 PM
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Subject: RE: Expired powdered drinks and gels: still OK?
TriAya - 2011-07-05 1:51 PM

They have expiration dates?

Never any problem here either and some of the gels have been a coughcough year or two or three past. The consistency sometimes gets thick/gluey (kinda like older toothpaste) but seems to be fine.

Well, they aren't Pop Tarts nor Twinkies, your Yantiness.



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