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Partner content: Ingredient Intelligence

Partner content: Ingredient Intelligence

Did you know that ingredients are listed from most to least?  What that means is that when you see the list of ingredients on a food package, the ingredients appear in the order in which the product has the most to which ingredients are in the smallest amount in the package.  

You may see different ingredients that are used to preserve taste and color and also to prevent food from spoiling or inhibit bacterial, mold or fungus growth.   In order to use these ingredients in foods the FDA must approve them or they must be considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe).  Just because some ingredient has a long name or is unfamiliar to you doesn’t mean it is unsafe!

For more information see this information from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) at

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian

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