When you go to the food store, you have noticed that there are food stickers on your fruits and vegetables. More importantly, do you know what they mean and what they are telling you? This is not just about paying for them.
To begin with, PLU stands for Price Look Up. The number with it has a great deal of functionality to it other than scanning the price at the register. If there are four numbers in the PLU, this means that the produce was grown with pesticides according to Dr. Frank Lipman. When you don’t want animal byproducts in your foods, you sure don’t want pesticides in there, either.
According to EGW, you are still better off eating the fruits and the vegetables that are of the dirty dozen, then not eating them at all. The dirty dozen are packed in pesticides. They are apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, strawberries, peaches, imported nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, domestic blueberries, and potatoes. Then add green beans and kale to the list. Although you are still getting in your antioxidants, these poisons are highly toxic to our nervous systems that can cause a number of diseases. These pesticides were ordered to be removed, but many are still growing our fruits and vegetables with them. If you do get these, wash them well before eating them.
The clean 15 are onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, grape fruit, watermelon and mushrooms. These are grown with little to no pesticides. The only thing is that because of the sugar processed in corn, you might want the organic one.
With all this said, if there are five numbers with your PLU code and the first one starts with a 8, this means that they are genetically modified fruits or vegetables. Could also be called genetically engineered which is all about produicing more and at faster rates. Also unsafe.
When there are five numbers with your PLU code and the first one starts with a 9, this means that they are organically grown. This is better. It is safer to eat.
Now that you have read this, don't forget to read your stickers.
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