Green powders can provide you with great nutrients in only a single scoop – and at a great price. But do green powders expire? Are you at risk of losing your investment in your health?
Today we’re looking at whether green powders expire, how you should store them, and the shelf life of green powder supplements on the market.
What Are Green Powders?
Green powders are a nutritious blend of dehydrated green vegetables and other nutrient sources. They provide a low-calorie, high-nutrient blend that is like a super powerful multivitamin and mineral source combined.
Using plant extracts, these powders offer some of the most nutrient-dense food sources on the planet and combine essential nutrients with healthful ergogenic to support your wellbeing (1).
The average green powder will contain at least 10 different major nutrient sources with some, like SuperGreen Tonik, using dozens of different healthful extracts.
What is in a Green Powder?
Most green powders use a combination of dark leafy green vegetables, some fruits, and then other green and dark blue sources.
These may include algae and related foods (like spirulina), moss and lichen, herbs and spices (like black pepper or Rhodiola root), and then additional vitamin or mineral extracts.
The main ‘core’ of ingredients typically revolves around at least 1 Brassica family vegetable (like kale) and spirulina. These are two of the most important places to start for their improvements of digestive health as well as the density of nutrients they provide.
You can get a significant improvement to health with just these 2 main ingredients – from digestive wellbeing to better cell health to improved hormonal regulation.
However, the combined effects of other ingredients really add a lot to super green powders.
Green Powder Benefits: Additional Ingredients and the Health Matrix
Additional ingredients vary widely from one greens powder to another, with as many different mixtures as there are products on the market.
You may also find that premium products have grouped their ingredients together in synergistic matrices (the plural of matrix) to improve results. To return to SuperGreen Tonik (our example from before), there are a few major benefits used to group ingredients:
- Vitamin and mineral blend: the essential vitamins and minerals found in the green vegetables or added for better total health benefits.
- Greens blend: the main dark leafy greens and algae used to improve a wide range of factors in health – like cellular wellbeing, hormonal regulation, and energy levels.
- Nootropic blend: mental support compounds that improve focus, energy, reduce distraction-sensitivity, and more.
- Immune blend: compounds to support your immune function – and often combine perfectly with the benefits of the vitamins, minerals, and essential greens in a green powder.
You’ll typically find these kinds of combinations in most of the products on the market as they’re the reason to use a greens powder.
Do Green Powders Expire?
Despite having a long shelf life, green powders will expire over time. This will happen more quickly if they’re stored improperly – in warm, wet conditions or with exposure to the sun, for example.
You can seriously shorten the shelf life of a greens powder if you leave the container open or spill liquids into them.
These both increase the rate of interaction between the greens and the surrounding environment – or with one another.
What’s The Shelf Life Of A Green Powder?
Green powders typically have several years on their expiration date upon the time of sale. In most English-speaking countries, the required time is at least 2 years after the sale date for expiration, giving you more than enough time to work through your supplement before it ‘goes off’.
What’s the Best Way to Store Green Powders?
The best way to store your green powders is in a cupboard or pantry, with no direct sunlight, in a cool and dark environment. Keep the storage location dry and as cold as possible to prevent accelerated expiration.
Green powders’ shelf life is the result of the conditions you keep them in. As mentioned above, there are real issues with some forms of storage, such as warm and wet climates, anywhere with direct sun exposure – especially in warmer environments, and open lids.
The shelf life of any food depends on where and how you store it. The goal is to find somewhere cool, dark, and dry to keep your super greens. These are powders so they’re dehydrated and do take a while to go bad, but this can be accelerated if you’re not careful.
- Containment: open containers interact with the air in your house which can be wet and warm, cutting months off your green powder shelf life
- Temperature: cooler places reduce expiration speed, keeping your green powder in best condition for longer
- Sunlight: sunlight warms up containers, and has some odd interactions with some types of plastic. Keep your tub in the dark to prevent green powder expiration.
- Moisture: wetter powders clump, degrade, and expire faster. Store your green powder in a cool and dry place, such as a pantry or cupboard.
These are the most important factors and just not doing them wrong is enough to keep your green powders safe and healthy.
Can You Use Green Powder After The Expiration Date?
You should not use green powders after the expiration (‘use by’) date. This is to prevent adverse effects like digestive discomfort or similar.
You can use green powder after the ‘best by’ date, however, which is a statement of the optimal experience of a product.
The use by date does exist for health reasons, and we can’t tell you to use it after that date – but it may not cause problems depending on your method of storage and product.
There’s no reason to use a green powder after the expiration date – a typical tub is around 1-2 months of powder, and shouldn’t take the multiple years on the expiration date to use.
Conclusion: Green Powder Expiration, Storage, And Use
Green powders do expire – but they have a minimum of 2 years on the use by date and typically don’t provide the amount of powder needed to reach that date. Proper use and storage are enough to ensure the best results from a green powder for the average person.
Store your green powders in a reasonable environment and you should never need to worry about the expiration date or best by date.
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Rohan Arora is a Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist and has been actively involved in sports and fitness for over 8 years. He now leads the team of fitness specialists and personal trainers who help people around the world with personalized workout and nutrition plans, along with providing the right information on sports supplements.