POPSUGAR Food Poll Do You Eat Food After the Expiration Date? by Food 4/28/08 0 Shares Like us on Facebook Sign up for our daily newsletter > Follow us on Pinterest Source Read More Expiration DatesPoll POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests. Get Inspired With Our Living Newsletter Personalize Tech Vegetarian Food DIY Love and Sex Home Sign up with facebook or By signing up, I agree to the Terms and to receive emails from POPSUGAR. angeleyesrb07 7 years Although I have never had a problem with this, or was never aware it could be a problem, I recently found out that expired pancake, muffin, cake mixes, etc. can be very dangerous, even fatal. The yeast in the product develops bacterial mold that can cause an allergic reaction in many people. This will cause them to asphixiate (or cause their throat to swell and cut off the air way to their breathing,) which can result in death if not caught early enough. So, throw away expired baking goods. The risk is not worth it. I have even began to throw away old flour, too. You never know what you might fix and who may end up with a piece. You and your kids may not have an allergic reaction, but a friend of theirs at school, or your co-worker, for example, might. It just isn't worth the risk. I also read acid products do not have as long a shelf life as non-acidic. I know it seems like it would be the opposite, but it said 18 months past expiration for acidic and 2-5 years for non-acidic canned foods. Hope this helps. misslauren 7 years Never, I'm too paranoid! Schaianne 7 years I'm a sniff girl, for sure! LOL! aimeeb 7 years If it's a day or two sure but otherwise no. ella1978 7 years Absolutely NOT! My future inlaws will seriously put out a bottle of ranch dressing that has been expired for two years... no joke, and then make fun of me cause I won't eat it!!! Are you kidding me! TWO YEARS!!! And they do that crap all the time, makes me sick. I stick by the rules. iheartstyle 7 years i ate a bagel that was out of date n it tasted fine until i discovered a rock hard raisin in it JaimeLeah526 7 years Only some things. sharshar 7 years I ate Pocky (Japanese chocolate) and noticed the expiration date only after I finished the whole box, but nothing serious happened anyway. In a tea tasting event I went to recently, the tea master said loose leaf tea is okay to seep and drink even past its expiration date, but the flavor wouldn't be the same anymore. chiefdishwasher 7 years I don't believe there are expiration dates on bacon wrapped hot dogs. They last as long as twinkies. cybele 7 years I just ate some Mentos today that must have expired sometime last year. But you know, they're Mentos. (Okay, I eat expired candy all the time.) Baby-Girl 7 years it really depends on the looks and smell and what it is. My office fridge is a science project in progress. Once we cleaned it out and had to have a meeting because people were upset that we threw out their old moldy food. It was insane!!! ilanac13 7 years i think that it all depends on what the food is - and if it's the expiration date or the sell by date. there are a lot of foods that have expirations dates that are usually a warning that you have just a couple days to eat it.... ISUjules 7 years I'll eat most anything as long as it looks & smells okay and I have yet to have any problems. Sometimes if I know that milk has expired I get really sensitive and can smell or taste ick even though its probably still okay. My roommate really annoys me because she doesn't abide by expiration dates but in the opposite way. If she buys creamer for her coffee which has an expiration date a month from now, as soon as its been open for a week or two she's done with it. I guess it would be fine if I didn't have to deal with it, but she never throws it out so I end up throwing a lot of food away when I notice there are duplicates in our fridge. Puzzle2397 7 years I used the same jar of salsa for about 6 months; actually, maybe even longer. And I survived! I also regularly eat leafy greens past the "best before" date. HonestMuffin 7 years I was just talking about this with my boyfriend! I think if it's tomato based (like salsa or pasta sauce) or anything with a high acidity, than you're fine until it grows mold or stinks. BUT if it's dairy or meat products, chuck the sucka. WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years As long as it looks and smells okay, and it's within a few days of the date, I'll eat it. brittanyk 7 years I don't eat stuff like meat or milk past their expiration date. Dried things or canned things I will eat after the expiration date as long as it looks/smells fine. lolococo 7 years i am usually sooo anal when it comes to expiration dates. it's one of my few OCD habits. even if it's within a few days of the expiration date, thinking about eating or drinking it makes me queasy. Francoisehardly 7 years I studied nutrition for a year and it doesn't actually mean the food has gone bad by that date. I've had food items that went bad before the date and multiple things that are perfectly fine after (only a little bit after). Le-Luxe 7 years Hmm..I try not to live too dangerously. The sniff test is always useful ;) lawchick 7 years Dates on canned goods?? Hmm I have never noticed those. I am a freak about dairy products, though. I don't want them after the expiration date, on the expiration date, or maybe even a day before the expiration date! I don't even want to smell it to find out if it's good! sonnabobble 7 years if it smells o.k. then sure, but only for a couple of days after the sell by. pharm_chick 7 years maybe bread, and i usually freeze meat so i don't think the same dates apply to it... CaterpillarGirl 7 years I go beyond if it looks and smells okay, with meat i make no such exceptions.