Should You Toss or Keep These Items after They Expire?

Playing Toss It or Keep It: Cold-Pressed Juice, Hydrogen Peroxide & Ketchup

Throwing away foods and products before they expire is a huge waste but if you hold onto them post-expiration date, are you putting your health at risk? The Doctors discuss what to do with these three items:

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Cold-Pressed Juice – Toss it!

Gastroenterologist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez explains these fancy, cold-pressed juices are healthy but they are also full of sugar. If sugar is left for too long, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Dr. Rodriguez points out that food poisoning is when bacteria grows in certain sugar. Proctologist Dr. David Rosenfeld adds because these juices are not pasteurized (pasteurization is the process of heating the liquid to kill bacteria allowing the food to last longer) they won’t last that long. Also, if you open the drink and only drink some, your saliva gets into the drink and contaminates it more. If you are not going to drink in one sitting, pour the juice into a glass to avoid it becoming a petri dish!

Hydrogen Peroxide – Toss it!
This common bathroom staple used to treat cuts and scrapes will last unopened for about three years. Once it’s opened, however, it will oxidize, which will result in it losing its effectiveness. It won’t harm you but it’s not going to kill the bacteria in those wounds! Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra says a way to check if it is still good is to pour some out and if it fizzes, it’s still active. If you’ve had it open for more than six months, Dr. Batra says to toss it.

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Ketchup – Keep It!
Good new, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says you can keep it! Ketchup is actually good six months to a year after its printed date on the bottle. Store ketchup in the refrigerator so it will last longer. The vinegar in ketchup allows it to last a while however, The Doctors caution viewers to be wary of the high sugar content. Ketchup contains 5g of sugar in just 1 tbsp. which is the same as a chocolate chip cookie! So, use ketchup sparingly. 

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