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    Gel expiration

    I bought some PowerBar gels a couple weeks ago at a grocery store about 100 miles from home which were marked .89 EA.

    They had 2 kinds in stock (strawberry/banana and chocolate) so I bought them all. Yesterday I went to throw a couple in my jersey and I saw that the chocolate ones expired on Jan 12, 2012. Right away I thought, that's why they were marked at $.89, but then I looked at the strawberry/banana and they were current date. I'm wondering if it's still ok to use the chocolate ones or if the expiration date is hard and fast for some reason I don't know about. I called the store to let them know but I'm not going to drive 200 miles to bring back 15 gels.

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    When it comes to food packets, the only thing to check is to make sure that they're not puffy (generating gas: bad...) or leaking. Considering that it's basically sugar, they're probably good even several years after the expire date.

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    I have some left expired 4 years ago, am finishing them up and I'm still alive and well. FWIW.
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    Every so often I find a gel in the back corner of a drawer and see it expired a few years ago. They always taste and work the same as ever.

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    Agree with the others. I've consumed GUs that were anywhere from 6 months to a year and half past. Most food expirations can be ignored (for a few months at least). I heard that meds are good for a year after exp dates.

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