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Has your protein powder expired? Here’s why you need to throw it out right now

Published on:19 May 2021, 11:41am IST
If you are consuming whey protein post-workout then be aware of its shelf life. Consuming it after its expiration could have some serious repercussions for your health.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Consuming expired protein can negatively affect your health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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If you are someone who works out regularly, you probably already know the importance of post-workout protein consumption. It goes without saying that if you want better recovery for your muscles then protein is a must. At this point of time, the market is flooded with options and you can choose one according to your preference. What you do need to keep in mind is that the protein should not have reached its expiration date.                          

You might be surrounded by a lot of gym freaks who will suggest that consuming protein for a few months after it’s expiry is totally cool. Well, that is a complete lie. Consuming protein after a workout helps with:

  • Building muscles
  • Weight loss
  • Improving bone density
  • Toning
  • Muscle recovery
  • Staying energized

According to a study published in the Journal of Dairy Science, protein usually expires after 12 months from its manufacture. But, there are some that can last for as long as 19 months, depending on the brand and food content.

It is also believed that the temperature at which you store it and humidity level have a role to play in early expiration of whey protein.

Identifying if the protein has reached its expiry

Although there is a date on the product indicating its shelf life, there could be a scenario where the company offers an extended expiry date. Also, you should also be adept to identify if the protein has gone bad before reaching its expiry date and the following signals will help you do that: 

  • It tastes bitter; and/or
  • It smells different than usual or smells pungent; and/or
  • It shows a change in color.

In case you come across any of these signs, then you know that your protein is spoiled and it is in the best interest of your health to get rid of it. 

Do not take risk of consuming expired protein. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Side-effects of consuming expired protein

There could be various adverse reactions to consuming expired protein, such as:

1. Indigestion and bloating

Bacterial and fungal growth can lead to protein’s expiration and if you consume it, then your stomach’s biome is disrupted. This could cause your gut health to deteriorate, making you develop gastric issues such as gas, bloating and pain in the abdomen.

2. Muscle wear and tear

Since expired protein will offer no benefits towards muscle development and maintenance, it’s natural that muscle recovery will not take place. This will cause wear and tear and lead to a decline in muscle mass concentration and overall bodily strength.

3. Weight gain

Protein helps in breaking down fat but unfortunately expired protein won’t provide you with that benefit. Therefore, you might just end up gaining weight instead of losing when consuming expired protein.

So ladies, check whether your protein powder has expired or not and take timely action accordingly. 

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.