Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

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ingles dietitianQUESTION: What kinds of things do you do as the dietitian for Ingles? 

ANSWER: My job is primarily to inform consumers and our Ingles Markets associates about nutrition and food-related issues. I have been the Corporate Dietitian for Ingles Markets for almost 15 years!

Writing – I write regular columns on food and nutrition for several regional publications including WNC Parent, Upstate Parent, Asheville Citizen Times and Smoky Mountain News. 

Ask Leah! – Consumers can call (800-334-4936), e-mail ( ) , tweet @InglesDietitian or Facebook ( ) with their food and nutrition questions.

Media – I appear on regional TV including WLOS, WYFF and Your Carolian (WSPA). I have also been hosting the “Ingles Information Aisle” on WWNC 570am for the past 9 years. You can hear the show every Saturday morning at 8:05amET on News Radio 570 or with iheart radio. There are also lots of podcasts of previous shows at

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Presentations – For large groups of 50 or more people I do presentations on a variety of nutrition and food topics write to me .

Supermarket Tours – For small (15 or less people) groups that would like to learn more about shopping on a budget or smart shopping tips for those with celiac disease/diabetes/ heart disease/ weight loss concerns, high blood pressure I conduct educational store tours that last approximate one hour. 

Local food – For several years I’ve been involved with the local food and farming community and 3 years ago started organizing “Taste of Local” events in our stores to showcase some of the local farmers and vendors that supply Ingles. 

Gluten-Free – For over 10 years I’ve been an advocate for the celiac and gluten-sensitive shopper and have worked to plan various events including large expos and educational summits for support group leaders throughout the Southeast. 

Social Media – I manage the social media platforms for Ingles Markets and my @InglesDietitian Twitter handle (fun fact – I’m the most followed supermarket dietitian in the country!)

Memberships – I am a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the North Carolina Dietetics Association.


Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian


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