When we go to the grocery store to buy food we look at the label to make smarter choices ( or at least some of us do). But fruits and vegetables don’t have labels..This makes choosing which ones to buy a little harder. However, that little sticker on fruits or vegetables actually has a lot of useful information that you may not know about. It tells you whether they have been organic or conventionally grown, or if they have been genetically modified. This is important information since 7 out of every 10 items in grocery store shelves contain genetically modified ingredients. This is one of the main things to try to stay away from when trying to eat more healthy.
In case you didn’t know, that little sticker is called a PLU code (Price Look Up Code). There are over 1300 universal PLU codes but they all follow some general guidelines.
First of all, if there are 4 digits and it begins with a 3 or 4, it means that the produce is conventionally grown. ( this produce was sprayed with weed killers and chemical fertilizers and pesticides- in other words, not organic).
However if it has 5 digits and starts with an 8, then that produce was genetically engineered or genetically modified. (the produce’s genes were genetically altered to produce bigger, or faster growing, or better looking produce). Needless to say, this process is detrimental to the produce, and very dangerous to your health.
If you want to eat the most healthy, look for produce with 5 digits and that starts with a 9. This produce was raised organically and has not been treated with chemicals and has NOT been genetically manipulated.
So, did you know the secret of the codes? I have to say that I didn’t until recently and it sure makes life easier at the grocery store.! I have been trying to eat mostly organic and stay away from GMO food as much as possible. It makes all the difference in how you feel and the energy you have! Try it, eat organic for 2 weeks and see how YOU feel!