Genetically modified fruits can be easily recognized just by reading the label carefully.
Unlike the fruits from authentic farmers, the organic ones or those that are grown in normal environmental conditions, the genetically modified fruits often end up on the shelves in supermarkets and they always look very good packed.
Few people read the label of these products, but it is necessary to do it in order to establish whether or not they are beneficial to your health!
So the whole secret is reading the label, the sticker glued directly to the peel of the vegetables/fruits or to the bag in which they are packed (for example, oranges).
European Article Number
This is called PLU code or EAN (European Article Number) and it is usually used when the manufacturer does not have enough space for a detailed label with all the information about that product. PLU codes (or short EAN) are usually used for fruits and vegetables.
There are also other types of EAN-codes, but the most used is EAN 13. A simple and careful reading help you decide if you take the product or if you leave it on the shelf and eventually turn to other options.
Every label has 4-5 digits.
- If the product has 4 digits it means that it was grown in a normal environment, but not BIO. The product, however, has not been genetically modified.
- If the product has 5 digits and the first digit is 9 (for example, 96584) it means it is BIO.
- If the product has 5 digits and the first digit is 8 (for example, 86584) it means that it has been genetically modified.
Packed fruits, which you should never buy, are those that have the 5-digit code label and the first digit is 8. These are the most harmful. The others can be consumed safely because they are grown in ecological conditions, without any trace of chemicals.
So keep this in mind next time you buy fruits and vegetables from the supermarket!
Not all fruits and vegetables contain PLU codes! Some have EAN 13 code on the label for example, whose interpretation is more difficult, or the label may have other specifications.
What are genetically modified foods?
GMO-foods are those products that are not allowed to grow in their natural environment but are subjected to genetic engineering techniques, to ensure qualities or properties that cannot be acquired otherwise.
Modification of foods is made by transferring genes from one organism to another or from one species to another and often intentions are positive because it transforms products into types of food that meet certain special needs of people.
For example, the following foods were obtained by genetic modification:
- gluten-free cereals (for those who are intolerant);
- cereals with higher protein content;
- foods that were removed certain allergens;
- cereals with a high content of certain vitamins;
- cereals and foods with high content of lecithin (soy, egg etc.)
What are the negative effects of GMO-foods?
Even if the purpose for which these products are often modified is justified, all these changes may contribute to significant disturbances of a person’s metabolism – increased toxins decreases the number of nutrients etc.
The biggest concern of these modified organisms by humans in the laboratory is related to the allergies they may cause. Proteins are those that cause an allergic reaction. By genetically modifying a certain plant, allergen levels which already exist in it may increase. In addition, new allergens can be created without them ever being in that plant in the first place.
Some of these foods may contribute to the body’s resistance to antibiotics, vital for treating certain infections. This is due to the fact that some of these inserted genes are like a “marker,” in other words, they are resistant to some types of drugs.