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Do You Know The Meaning Of Fruit Stickers? They Can Hugely Affect Your Health

Do You Know The Meaning Of Fruit Stickers? They Can Hugely Affect Your Health

Have you ever noticed the little stickers attached to fruits? Maybe you even ate one. On oranges, there’s always a little cartoon orange smiling up at you. But before you throw your stickers away, look a little closer at it. See those numbers? They’re called a PLU code (also known as price lookup code). The stickers aren’t just meant for inventory, but also for providing us with some very important information.

4-digit codes

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    If you buy something with a 4-digit code (that starts with a 3 or a 4), it means that the fruit (or vegetable) was grown with an abundant amount of fertilizer and pesticides. It was produced with the modern day agronomic techniques. Everyone knows that pesticides are bad for your body. Check that code twice!

    5-digit codes beginning with the number 8

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      If you purchase something that has a 5-digit code starting with the number 8, it’s telling you that the product was genetically modified. While the science isn’t 100% for or against GMOs, many people believe they’re bad for you. Bananas, papayas, and melons are known to be genetically modified the most.

      5-digit codes beginning with the number 9

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        Another 5-digit code to look out for is one that starts with the number 9. When you see this, it’s safe to say that these fruits and vegetables were grown without pesticides and GMO. These were grown and harvested using the old farming methods we picked up from our ancestors. A lot of foods are labeled organic for this reason.

        No code

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          Many fruits and vegetables come without any PLU code at all. Why is this? To make a long story short, it’s probably best that there aren’t any codes on these fruits. These products were grown with harmful chemicals that no one wants you to see. After all, they could lose business if we knew what they were doing to our produce. It’s also not against the law to not put PLU codes on produce.

          What will you do after you learn the meaning of these PLU codes? I personally buy organic, but I’m looking into growing my own produce now. Be sure to warn your friends and family about this, too!

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          Last Updated on December 13, 2018

          12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

          12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

          Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

          A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

          1. Eat Before Heading Out

          First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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          2. Select The Treats

          Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

          3. Avoid Skipping Meals

          Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

          4. Drink With Moderation

          It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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          5. Be Active

          You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

          6. Get Out Of The House

          Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

          7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

          Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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          8. Set Realistic Goals

          You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

          9. Enjoy Yourself

          Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

          10. Drink A Lot Of Water

          This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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          11. Eat Less And More Often

          Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

          12. Prioritize Your Workouts

          Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

          So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

          Happy Holidays everyone!

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