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What to eat – and avoid – while flying

- August 9th, 2011

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Have you ever boarded a plane and immediately wished you hadn’t eaten that greasy cheeseburger and fries just before you arrived at the airport? Or, perhaps you landed at your final destination only to realize too late that three glasses of white wine during the flight may not have been the healthiest choice for your jet-lagged body.

Juergen Graf, head of passenger medical care and medical operations for Lufthansa German Airlines, recently shared his tips with the press for what food and drink passengers should avoid when flying. To ensure you fly and arrive feeling your absolute best, follow his simple tips…

- Eat light before arriving at the airport. You’ll need energy when dealing with long check-in lines and security and will want to avoid the airport’s fast food options. Cereal, yogurt, milk and bread are good food options.

- Load up on fruits and veggies. These types of foods help travellers avoid dehydration.

- Bring light snacks in your carry-on, like granola or cereal bars. These healthy snacks are easy to carry and are perfect in a hunger pinch.

- Don’t over eat or gorge on rich foods before your flight. A bloated tummy in a pressurized airplane cabin isn’t something you want to deal with on vacation.

- Drink plenty of water or fruit juice before and during your flight. These liquids will keep you hydrated in transit.

- Don’t drink alcohol, too much caffeine or carbonated drinks during your flight. These liquids dehydrate travellers and soda may cause gas or discomfort when combined with air cabin pressure.

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2 comments

  1. loy varias | October 7, 2011 at 8:23 am

    perfect tip for a long flight.

  2. Mondo Bizarro | November 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I travel frequently and I always always always have a package of antacid in my pocket. If you have something that disagrees with you, and a lot of airport food is NOT what you think it will be, they are simply indispensable! Also, I always carry a package of mints… long flights can leave you with terrible breath!

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