I read somewhere a long time ago that to live a healthy life, you shouldn’t eat items which don’t spoil within a few days of being left out or without refrigeration. I think that it comes from the fact that anything not natural (from the earth) has preservatives and preservatives = bad.
I’ve tried to adopt a natural lifestyle as of late. Grocery shopping consists of only shopping in the aisles in the perimeter of the store. That’s where the freshest items are housed. No boxed, packaged or prepared food in this house. We are moving to organic products and I am leaning toward vegan (greek yogurt is my downfall).
This no preservative lifestyle means constant trips to the grocery store. I don’t want to contribute to the 14% of food purchased which is discarded by American households every year. Not only is it a waste of money, but a useless step in my carbon footprint and waste of resources.
I came across this article earlier and promptly went to the fridge and discarded everything past expiration. All condiments (thank you very much). Whether or not expiration dates are scientific or a guesstimate, I’d hope that someone, somewhere made a educated decision on when you should dump an item. Personally the fact that they have a date at all scares me. Our forefathers knew things were bad when they smelled funky or molded. So these chemically engineered foods won’t spoil ‘naturally’ but should rather be tossed after a specific date? I don’t like that at all.
Like the article asks, “what is your life worth?” After suffering from digestive problems for so many years, you can’t put a price on it. When I’m in doubt, I throw it out.