Want to eat healthier? Read your fruit sticker!

PLU Stickers for fruits and vegatablesEating healthy means eating fruit and vegetables…lots of fruit and vegetables!

But did you know that the little number stickers on your fruits and veggies from the store are useful for more than just telling the cashier what number to key into the cash register to figure up your price?

It’s true.  The numbers on the fruit and veggie stickers are called Price Look Up (PLU) codes, and they contain a wealth of health and produce source information if you know what to look for.


Here is the secret code:

If the number has four digits (usually starting with a “3” or “4”), then the item has been conventionally grown with chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.  Unfortunately, this describes the vast majority of fruit and vegetables sold in U.S. Supermarkets.

If the number has five digits that start with an “8”, that means the product was genetically engineered.  Say no to GMO!

Finally, if the number on the sticker is five digits and starts with a “9”, that means the produce is organically grown.  Jackpot!
PLU sticker 93435 organic starting with 9
So when shopping for fruit at the grocery store, be sure to check out the sticker…and remember: 9 is fine, but hate the 8!


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  1. Rosie says:

    The only true organic item is, as far as I aware, Brazil nuts. As the tree takes about 200 years to mature and the nuts are collected from the jungle they are truly organic, I know of a supermarket chain that tried to sell organic Brazil nuts at twice the price of the ordinary nuts, when I shown the produce manager the evidence he was not amused as they had paid a higher price for them, I reckon that seller could have sold the proverbial refrigerator to an Eskimo

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