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What's the difference between “vegetarian” and “plant-based”?
A friend of mine has celiac disease and must be careful of “cross contact.” What does that mean?
Thursday, April 26 • 3:30-6:30 p.m. Ingles Markets, 684 N. Broad St., Brevard.
Though some organic marketers would like you to believe that organic means “pesticide-free”; organic farmers can use pesticides as long…
Often underappreciated, a simple glass of cow’s milk is a nutritional powerhouse. 
Do you have a Swiss Army Knife or a Multi-purpose tool that serves a variety of functions? There are also…
Thursday, March 15th • Ingles Markets, 29 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 3-6 p.m.
How do I know the rotisserie chickens are safe to eat? How long are they left out?
Myth: The numerical code on the sticker on fruits and vegetable is put there for consumer information.
Taste of Local — Thursday February 22. Ingles Markets, 301 Long Shoals Road, Arden NC. 3-6 p.m.
Taste of Local — Thursday February 22. Ingles Markets, 301 Long Shoals Road, Arden NC. 3-6 p.m.
What are your favorite type of tree nut?  Almonds? Pecans? Walnuts? Macadamia nuts? Hazelnuts? Cashews? Pistachios? With so many nut options it's…
Taste of Local - Ingles Markets in West Waynesville (Hazelwood) • 1678 Brown Ave. Thursday, January 25th 3-6pm.
Myth: Gluten-free products are healthier and if you eat them it will make you lose weight.
Laura Lynn milk tastes so good! Is the date on the milk a “sell by” or “best buy” date?
My husband and I are really frustrated. We have been trying to lose weight but it doesn't seem to be…
“White foods are bad and we shouldn't eat them!” — This saying comes from folks that seek to eliminate some…
True or False? “Processed foods are bad” – Not Necessarily - Processing means taking a food from an inedible state and…
What new foods and beverages will you be seeing on shelves as we move into 2018?
First of all, EDTA (calcium disodium ethylene-diaminetetraacetate) is a really long name for an ingredient! But don’t let that scare…
As fall arrives in Western Carolina we know that there are fewer locally grown fruits and vegetables available but you…
Years ago... I got the flu (influenza). It wasn’t fun. I was miserably sick and ran a high fever for…
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN is the Corporate Dietitian for Ingles Markets. She can answer your questions about food from the…
I have Type 2 diabetes and want to make sure I am following the right type of diet. Can you recommend…
Condiments are “…edible food items added to a dish or a meal…not strictly necessary but serve to enhance the flavor.”…
September is #FamilyMealsMonth – a good time to remind ourselves that enjoying a meal together as a family has many…
Certain foods may be considered “anti-inflammatory” if they help lessen the effects of some diseases and problems linked to chronic…
Dear Leah: I need some snack ideas for my classroom that are dairy-free and shelf stable. — Back to School Teacher
Thursday, August 24, 3-6 p.m. Ingles Market at 1865 Hendersonville Rd.
Connect with me and Ingles Market to find out about events, new items at Ingles, health, food and nutrition information.
It seems like every day there's a different headline, tweet or Facebook post warning us against specific foods or ingredients in our…
Thursday, June 29th 3-6pm Ingles Market on Sand Hill Road, Candler NC.
What is used to mist the produce in the Produce Section and why do they need to be misted?
For the past 11 years I've been the host of the "Ingles Information Aisle" that airs every Saturday morning on…
Don’t miss “TASTE OF LOCAL” at Ingles Market in Hendersonville (Spartanburg Hwy) Thursday, May 25th • 3-6 p.m. Meet over 20 local farmers, entrepreneurs…
One of the staples in my fridge is a jar of natural, no sugar-added peanut butter.  I prefer crunchy because…
Having been a dietitian for over 20 years, I've seen fingers pointed at many supposed "villains" of weight and health…
Ingles is pleased to welcome some new local food entrepreneurs. Look for these local products (and many others) at your Ingles store:
A brand new Ingles Market on Spartanburg Highway will be opening April 20th.  Be sure and stop by and check…
You may notice some bright green live basil plants in the produce section of your Ingles Market with a "Tyger…
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