Have you ever noticed those little stickers on fruits and veggies and wondered what they mean? You’ve probably thought they’re just a product label which sellers use to scan the price but the truth is that they contain a lot more info on the product you’re buying.
These labels are called PLU codes and can actually help you find out if the fruit is organic, GMO or produced with the help of fertilizers, herbicides or fungicides.
– If the code is a four-digit number that starts with the number 4 or 3 then the fruit is probably grown conventionally. The other digits are the code for a certain veggie or fruit, so if you’re buying bananas the label will end with 4011.
– If the code is a five-digit number that starts with the digit 8 it means that the product is GMO. For example, a GMO banana would be marked 84011 on the label.
– And finally, organic produce is marked with a five digit number on the label, starting with the digit 9. An organic banana is labeled 94011.
The environmental working group analyzed the produce we most commonly buy from information provided by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration and came up with a list of products that contain the highest levels of pesticides. Their recommendation is that we should always buy these products organic. They named the group of products the Dirty Dozen.
Here’s the list of products you should buy organic
The list below contains the fruits and veggies that contain the highest amount of pesticides:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Nectarines (imported)
- Hot Peppers
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Summer Squash
- Kale/Collard Greens
The foods below are considered safe even if they’re not organically grown, which means you can buy them without worrying about the pesticides:
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Peas
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