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Do You Know Your Fruits & Veggies PLU's??

Updated: May 7, 2021

Wellness Tip! Do you know what those “PLU #’s” on your fruit and veggies mean? No, they’re not a number that’s assigned to them by the grocery store so it makes it easier for the cashier to ring up! 😮🥗🤬


A 4 digit code starting with 3 or 4 means that your fruits or vegetables are conventionally grown meaning that farmers use pesticides on their crops to keep pests, diseases, amongst a lot more away from the fruits and vegetables. These pesticides can get into your food through the skin. We don’t know how much, but we know at least some does get through the skin! 👀


A 5 digit code starting with 8 means that they been Genetically Modified meaning that it’s it been artificially altered so it produces certain characteristics! 👀 (I couldn’t find any at the grocery store today! 😊)


A 5 digit code starting with 9 means that your fruits and vegetables are organic. Not much needs to be explained by that, but obviously the best for you since there are no additional chemicals added to their crops.


While I try to be a number 9 ALL THE TIME, sometimes it can be hard because some grocery stores have a limited variety of organic foods. It can also be out of a lot of people’s budgets because organic food is typically 20% more expensive than conventionally grown crops. However, Dr. Sears’ from Dr. Sears’ Wellness Institute says that as long as it within the produce section, he’s fine with that, just as long as everyone gets their fruits and veggies into their body.


My point is, and always will be, know your labels with nutrition, there’s always something behind those numbers. They’re not just for the convenience of the grocery store.



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