6 Things You Eat Every Day That Are Probably Expired
Real talk, it can be difficult to know when foods need to be tossed and when it’s perfectly safe to salvage them. Safety comes first, of course, but America voluntarily throws away nearly 40 percent of its food every year. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, that adds up to over $160 billion wasted annually.
That being said, there are a number of foods you’re highly likely holding on to past their prime. Though expiration dates should always be taken with a grain of salt—they’re not federally regulated, after all—a “best by” or “use by” date typically tells you when the product will be at its highest quality. So whether or not some of these ingredients are still technically safe to eat, you may notice a change in their taste, color, or texture (eek). When in doubt, remember that your nose knows. If you notice a food has off odors or a strange appearance, don't eat it. But if not, we’ll let you be the judge of what to do next.