Foods that are too risky to be eaten post their expiry date

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Sep 01, 2015

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Food labels can be your key to healthy lifestyle. Reading the expiry date is very important. But, if you are still lazy, learn about some foods that are very harmful if taken post expiry date.
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    Eggs

    Eggs are rich in nutrients and protein, making them suitable for breakfast. But, do you know even eggs have their expiry dates? Yes, consuming an egg that has passed its expiry date can lead to food borne illness. Eating expired eggs can cause mild symptoms of abdominal discomfort, gas, diarrhea and food poisoning. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you always buy eggs after taking note of their expiry date. If you store the eggs in the refrigerator, you can safely eat them for up to 4 weeks after they were packed.

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    Mixed greens

    Mixed greens including baby spinach, spring mix, packaged salad lettuce and other leafy veggies should not be stored after their due date. Although, most packaged products are sterilized and are quite safe for consumption if you eat them on time, eating them post their expiry date can turn harmful as they become home for disease causing bacteria. Thus, make sure you carefully check the best-before date before you open the package. Moreover, keep your mixed greens fresh for longer by keeping them in airtight containers. In addition, you should eat them within 48 hours of opening the package.

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    Alfalfa sprouts

    Alfalfa sprouts are considered one of the healthiest veggies on the planet as they are full of nutrients. But, it is important that you use them quickly once you buy them because they quickly attract bacteria. You would be surprised to know that alfalfa sprouts attract more germs than leafy green vegetables especially if you accidentally leave them unrefrigerated for longer durations. If that happens, throw them away to keep food poisoning at bay. Ideally, alfalfa sprouts should be kept in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator. Moreover, they should be consumed within two to three days after purchase.

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    Oysters

    Expired oysters are not only foul-smelling and slimy but also downright deadly. Rotten oysters tend to develop V. Vulnificus, bacteria that is known to cause severe form of food poisoning that affects bloodstream. If you are very fond of oysters, make sure you eat fresh treat.

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    Shrimp

    Just like oysters, shrimps are prone to bacterial contamination. The bacteria begin to build-up the minute shrimp is removed from the ocean. Ensure not to eat shrimp that has not been refrigerated for an extended period of time. Image Source: Getty

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