Do Not Buy This Fruit or Veggie if You See This Label! Here is Why
When we see stickers or a label on the vegetables and fruits we often think that that’s a code for scanning the price. But those codes are actually there for something else. The price lookup number or the PLU code on the sticker will tell you if the product you buy is organic, genetically modified, or produced with chemical fertilizers, herbicides or fungicides.
- The four-digit code on food products beginning with the number “3” or “4” means that the product is probably conventionally grown. The last numbers of the code show the kind of the vegetable or fruit you are buying. For example, the code of 4011 is always a label for bananas.
- If there are five digits, and the first is number “8″, then the product is GMO. So, the label on genetically modified banana (GE-genetically engineered of GMO) would contain the numbers 84011.
- The code with 5 numbers which starts with “9” means that the item is organic. The label of would be 94011.
The Environmental Working Group – EWG actually made analysis on pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture and Drug Administration. They come up with rankings for these fresh produce items that we commonly eat every day.
The Environmental Protection Agency warns that if we consume pesticides, it can in fact lead to health problems such as “birth defects, cancer, nerve damage and other effects that might happen over a long period of time.” Children are especially exposed at high risk of harm from pesticides.
Always Buy Organic Fruits and Vegetables with the Right Label
The following list of foods always has very high pesticide level. Therefore, we should always purchase them organic or simply grow them by ourselves!
- Hot Peppers
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Kale/Collard Greens
- Summer Squash
EWG found the following foods to be relatively low in pesticide residue. They may be good conventional options for those on a budget.
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potatoes
The EWG also gives a note that 99 % of apples, 98 % of peaches and 97 % of nectarines all tested positive for at least one pesticide residue, while the average (white) potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce!
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