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Look at Shelf Life on Food Items to Determine How Healthy It Is

Healthy Eating Tip: Look at Shelf Life

A lot of us are trying our best to eat as healthy as possible, but sometimes it's hard because there are so many factors to consider. One simple tip on how to determine how healthy a food really is for you is to check out its shelf life. The longer it lasts on the shelf, chances are the worse it is for you. Think about it: organic fruits and veggies hardly make it home before going bad but a loaf of white Wonder Bread can sit in your pantry for a month without the first trace of mold.

Fit's Tip: This rule does not necessarily apply to frozen foods as a bag of frozen veggies or fruit can sit in your freezer for over a month.


ikimashokie ikimashokie 9 years
I made a game when I was in high school, "what does nature think?" I would leave a chunk of food out, to see how long it would take to decompose or get eaten by various creatures. Barring ants liking sugar and consuming all candy bars, I discovered that absolutely nothing will eat canned grapefruit. I also found out that a certain brand of cookie (in a snack mix) didn't get eaten, so I tossed it in a bucket of water. It never changed in that bucket of water... I don't eat canned grapefruit or that brand of snack mix anymore.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Funny story about shelf mother in law believes that salad dressings have no expiration date. Once, I was at her house and I had a salad. I grabbed the salad dressing and put some on and it had a REALLY weird taste. At first, I thought it was just because it was lowfat, but my husband grabbed the bottle and looked at the date. It had expired in 1999! My husband grabbed it and threw it out without telling his mom, but she still thinks stuff like that never expires. I actually try to rotate my food stocks pretty regularly...I buy new produce every week, new frozen veggies every month or so, and new canned stuff whenever I run out.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great tip!!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
wait wait wait - frozen foods go bad in a month??? i have veggies that stay in the freezer for 6 months or more!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Hahaha oh but how I love my wonderbread!!!
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