The Healthiest, Longest-Lasting Foods to Buy in Bulk

By buying food in bulk, you can save time and money and delay trips to the grocery store. But it’s harder than it sounds. When many foods go bad after a few days or weeks, you’ll have to visit the grocery store anyway.

If you know which foods to buy, you can stock up on healthy foods. Some nutritious fruits can last up to two months, and some inexpensive grains will give you years of fiber. If you want to buy foods in bulk while staying healthy, read on.

Dried Beans And Lentils Have Many Uses

Dried legumes are not only a nutritious source of protein, but they also last for a long time. An average bag of lentils or beans will stay fresh for up to three years in the pantry. Research from BYU indicates that some bags of beans can remain edible for up to ten years.

Several varieties of dried beans sit in a pile.
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Lentil beans supply antioxidants, fiber, and minerals. According to 2011 research in the Annals of Internal Medicine, eating legumes at least four times a week decreases your chances of heart disease by 22%. You might as well stock up.