- How long do sports drinks last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep opened sports drinks refrigerated and tightly closed.
How long do sports drinks last in the refrigerator once opened? Sports drinks that have been continuously refrigerated will keep at best quality for about 3 to 5 days after opening.
Are opened sports drinks safe to drink after the "expiration" date on the bottle? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the bottle is undamaged - commercially packaged sports drinks will typically carry a " Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the sports drinks will remain at peak quality.
How can you tell if opened sports drinks are bad or spoiled? After opening, commercially manufactured sports drinks will start to become flat and lose flavor; if the sports drinks develop an off odor, flavor or appearance they should be discarded.
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