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Nutrients expire

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The health benefits in your food could actually expire before you get a chance to eat them.

UF Health Center Registered dietitian Dawn Napoli said food might even still be good to eat, but it loses its nutrients over time. Antioxidants break down and you can tell in some food when it starts getting soft, wilted or brown like fruit or veggies.

Napoli pointed out a few foods you might not even know could expire.

First, she said orange juice only lasts about a week. After that, it loses some of its nutritional value. Napoli said not to buy more than your family drinks.

Green tea only has a shelf life of six months. If you want to extend how long the antioxidants in green tea last, store it in an airtight container in a dark place.

Olive oil also only lasts six months. Napoli said avoid buying huge containers of olive oil if you will not use it because the health benefits expire.

Finally, honey is another food that only is good for about six months. When it starts crystallizing, that is a sign the nutritional value is expiring. The best type of honey to buy is clover or buckwheat honey because it has the most antioxidants.

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