Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

Sponsored: Waste not, want not

ingles dietitianWho’s the biggest culprit when it comes to wasted food?  Restaurants? Farmers? Schools? Hospitals?  Supermarkets?

No, the biggest offender when it comes to wasting food in the United States is the typical American consumer, that means all of us. About 44% of the wasted food in the United States is attributed to what is not eaten and is thrown out in our own homes. For the next few weeks I’ll be talking about ways that we can waste less food and in doing so save money, reduce greenhouse gases and save valuable resources like water.  

Week #1. Be more conscious. 

Look at your trash.  What foods are you throwing out and why are you throwing it out? Did you buy or cook too much? Is the item bruised , damaged or discolored? Are you unsure of how to read the date and wonder if the item is still “good” to eat? 

The first step is awareness. 


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Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian



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