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5 signs you shouldn't eat your leftovers, according to an expert

INSIDER Logo By Kirstie Renae of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 6: 
  
    Unlike pre-packaged foods with
    "best by" dates, it can be harder to tell if homemade leftovers
    are still good.
  
  
    INSIDER spoke with a registered
    dietitian and nutritionist to find out what signs to look for
    in spoiled leftovers.
  
  
    Using your senses and best
    judgment is the best way to determine if food is still
    good.
  

  There's no better way to save
  money, eat healthier, and improve your cooking skills than to
  prepare food at home. Whether you're meal prepping healthy
  lunches for the week or cooking for your family, cooking at home
  guarantees one thing for sure - leftovers.

  Nobody likes wasting perfectly
  good food, but unlike pre-packaged foods which feature convenient
  "best by" and "sell by" dates, it can be hard to determine
  whether your homemade leftovers are good to eat or not.

  According to 
  State Food
  Safety, people should
  typically follow the seven-day rule when it comes to leftovers.
  "Perishable foods that are opened or prepared should be thrown
  out after seven days. No leftovers should survive in your fridge
  for longer than that." But some foods should even be tossed out
  before that seven-day mark.

  To find out more about what to
  look for when it comes to your leftovers, INSIDER spoke with food
  and nutrition expert Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of
  BetterThanDieting.com and author of "Read It Before You Eat It -
  Taking You from Label to Table."

There's no better way to save money, eat healthier, and improve your cooking skills than to prepare food at home. Whether you're meal prepping healthy lunches for the week or cooking for your family, cooking at home guarantees one thing for sure - leftovers.

Nobody likes wasting perfectly good food, but unlike pre-packaged foods which feature convenient "best by" and "sell by" dates, it can be hard to determine whether your homemade leftovers are good to eat or not.

According to State Food Safety, people should typically follow the seven-day rule when it comes to leftovers. "Perishable foods that are opened or prepared should be thrown out after seven days. No leftovers should survive in your fridge for longer than that." But some foods should even be tossed out before that seven-day mark.

To find out more about what to look for when it comes to your leftovers, INSIDER spoke with food and nutrition expert Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of "Read It Before You Eat It - Taking You from Label to Table."

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