People love eating fruits because they have a refreshing taste and a sweet flavor. The rich nutritional profile makes them an ideal choice of food for our health, and there are also many varieties to pick from.
The list of health benefits of fruit and vegetables both is too long – they contain a huge amount of important nutrients and can boost our energy levels as well. However, most of us pay no attention at all to the stickers we find on them – they mean nothing to us, but they’re on the fruits for a reason.
The labels on fruit in markets contain a number called PLU code which holds valuable information. This code shows you if the fruit you’ve bought is GMO or organic, and if it has been grown with the use of chemicals. Learning how to read these labels is very important so you can know which piece of fruit or veggie won’t harm your health.
When the PLU code begins with 3 or 4, the product has been grown in a conventional way with the use of pesticides and herbicides. The last 4 digits indicate the type of fruit – for example, bananas are labeled 4011. If the code begins with the number 8 and contains 5 digits in total, it’s a GMO product which you should avoid. Finally, if the 5-digit PLU code begins with 9, the product is organic and the one you should pick.
The EWG (Environmental Working Group) ran a test to see how pesticides affect our health and discovered that they can cause birth defects, nerve damage and cancer. Children are most vulnerable from the pesticide residue on fruit as their system is not fully developed yet. Here are the fruits and vegetables which have been found to contain the highest amount of pesticide residue:
Here’s another list with fruits and veggies that are safe to consume:
- Sweet corn;
- Sweet peas;
- Sweet potatoes;
- Honeydew melon.
The tests done by EWG revealed that 99% of apples, 98% of peaches and 97% of nectarines contain at least 1 pesticide, while white potatoes contains the most, with pesticide residue found on them 5 times higher than any other produce.