Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

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Q: I have arthritis and am trying to follow a healthy diet but am on a fixed income so organic products are too expensive for me to buy regularly. Can you please advise me?

A: First, good news... you don't have to buy organic to eat healthy! The organic label refers to agricultural standards and has nothing to do with nutrition or health. That being said, we do have our Ingles store brand of organic products known as "Harvest Farms" which may be more affordable. 

Dietary recommendations for arthritis, and for inflammation in general, often fall in line with what is called the Mediterranean Diet: 

  • Daily: eat fruits and vegetables (including beans), nuts and seeds
  • At least 2-3 times/week ffor anti-inflammatory benefits of omega 3-fatty acids make sure you eat fish/seafood. this can be in any form - fresh, frozen or canned.
  • Avoid foods and beverages that are high in salt or sugar, avoid fried foods and high fat meats, limit caffeinated beverages and alcohol. 
  • Engage in activity and exercise as ok'd by your physician.

For more information try: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-minute-fighting-arthritis-with-food/

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian

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