Is it Organic or GMO?

What the produce labels can tell you.

What the numbers on your fruit stickers REALLY mean (and the reason is actually much simpler than you think)

You may have collected them or stuck them onto your desk when you were at school, but odds are you’ve never really thought about why there are stickers on fruit.

And even if you have noticed them, then you still probably have no idea what they actually mean.

But now all is revealed by wellness coach Dr Frank Lipman – who says the stickers can actually be used in a clever way to find out exactly how your piece of fruit was grown.

Every fruit sticker has what is called a PLU code, otherwise known as a price look-up number.

There are three different codes, and the sets of numbers identify if the fruit has been grown conventionally, organically or has been genetically-modified, says Dr Frank.

If your fruit has a four digit number on it, such as 4020, then that means it has been grown using conventional methods.

One example is bananas, which all have the same code ‘4011’ if they have been grown conventionally.

But if there is a five digit code beginning with the number ‘9’, such as 94011 for bananas, then you know your fruit has been grown organically.

If you’re trying to avoid genetically-modified products, then take care of fruit that has a sticker with a five-digit code on it beginning with an ‘8’.

One example is bananas, which all have the same code ‘4011’ if they have been grown conventionally.

But if there is a five digit code beginning with the number ‘9’, such as 94011 for bananas, then you know your fruit has been grown organically.

If you’re trying to avoid genetically-modified products, then take care of fruit that has a sticker with a five-digit code on it beginning with an ‘8’.

So next time you’re about to peel a banana or bite into an apple, check your sticker to see how it was grown.

And if talk of stickers has got you worried about eating something that’s had an adhesive on it, then be reassured: the adhesive on the back of the sticker is safe to eat.

But we don’t recommend eating the sticker itself.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-3889010/What-numbers-fruit-stickers-bananas-apples-REALLY-mean.html#ixzz4dBZTLx18
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