What happens if you drink expired apple juice?

Sometimes, when we’re in a hurry, we forget to check the product’s expiry date and consume the expired product. Later, our sibling or mother tells us that we consumed the expiry product that they told us to throw! We get worried; what if I get sick? Things like that start roaming our minds.

If someone accidentally consumes expired juice, this question gets stuck in their mind. What happens if you drink expired juice? Well, for starters, it’s obviously unsafe for consumption. You might go through some health problems like vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach aches.

What’s the expiry date?

Every packages item comes with an expiration date. It’s a date that tells you that the product is not edible past the date. It’ll get ruined and, when consumed, can cause troubling health issues. Some products have an expiry date far from the manufacturing while others have just a few days.

Whenever you buy products from a supermarket, it’s better that you check the expiry date of every product before buying. Then, if you’re planning to consume the product later, make sure the expiration date is far.

What happens if you drink expired apple juice?

There is often much juice left in the carton, and it’s expired! But some of you drink it thinking about what it can do to you on earth? After all, you gave money to buy the juice, so you will use it worth every penny even if it’s expired. While some of you drank expired juice because you were in a hurry. Well, is doing things fast more important than your health?

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, drinking expired apple juice can give you serious health problems like:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach ache
  • Diarrhea

Like we immediately throw bad-tasting food out of our mouths, our stomach does the same with expired foods. Thus you feel the above health issues when you drink expired apple juice.

How to prevent apple juice from getting bad?

Well, if you make apple juice at home, you should drink it fresh. However, if you make extra juice, you can store it in the refrigerator and consume it within 1-2 days. You can also freeze it by storing it in air-tight pouches or ice cube trays. Frozen cubes of juice should be used within 1-2 days too. But the air-tight pouches can last for a few months.

When you’ve got store-bought apple juice at home, you can store it in a dark and cool place so that it doesn’t get spoiled before the expiration date. However, if the expiration date has come, you can do nothing but throw the juice.

How to tell if the juice is bad just by looking at it?

Store-bought apple juices come in these containers that don’t allow the juice to be seen from outside. So what you can do to identify if it’s bad other than the expiry date is to check if the container is puffed. Fermentation can cause gas and lead to a puffed container. And as we all know, fermented apple juice is bad for health.

References

  1. https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/guidance-industry-questions-and-answers-juice-haccp-regulation
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_juice

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