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    Hello. It's been awhile since my last post. Glad to be back and active again on the site.

    My wife and I had a beautiful son 2 years ago next month. Our son is perfectly healthy today however, he had a rough start. I have been out of the gym for almost 2 years (returned a little over a month ago) taking care of both my wife and son.

    I pulled out my 5lb tub of protein powder last night to prepare my shaker bottle for after today's workout and noticed that my tub had expired in December 2014.

    So, my question for all you much more informed people is basically should I use this expired protein? Will is cause harm to my body? Will I still get the benefits? I'm in a tight financial situation currently so even $60 for a new tub has to be budgeted and thought about thus the reason for this post.

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    From what I've come to understand, the expiration date on protein is sort of just there because it's required by law (any food products should have one?). So your protein should be okay to consume, especially with something that just "expired".

    I gathered a general answer from others in the office: As long as it's been stored properly, expiration date isn't a big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny View Post
    From what I've come to understand, the expiration date on protein is sort of just there because it's required by law (any food products should have one?). So your protein should be okay to consume, especially with something that just "expired".

    I gathered a general answer from others in the office: As long as it's been stored properly, expiration date isn't a big deal.
    It is by law and it should be for 2 years as per FDA regulations.
    But if it goes past and its still sealed or opened and mix's/tastes fine you are ok.
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    Thank you both for the reply to my post, greatly appreciated.

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    Agree with the above. In fact, to save some money, I tend to buy protein when it goes on a major sale for being close to the expiry. I have never had a problem.
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    GNC used to have sells on protein that were approaching it's expiration date. I would rack up when those sells went down. Most people think that they're no good after it expires...but most supplements are generally shelf stable many months after the expiration date. I think it basically comes down to preference and judgement.
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    Here's some info on food expiration dates:
    http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/f...n-dates-matter
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/201...t-expired-food

    Note that only a few items are mandated by federal law to have expiration dates (infant formula and food,) though some states mandate "pull by" dates on meats or dairy for retailers to use to ensure fresh products.
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