You would think twice before eating on plane now.
You’re flying to a place, all pumped up. Excited to explore the city with a fancy book in one hand, looking out of the window when suddenly the stewardess brings you food. You look at her, she looks at you, and then something feels off. The food seems strange.
Have you noticed that the food on the plane is bland and weird in taste? Yes, it is not only you who feels so. All of us have been there, but more than taste, it is advised not to consume that food, but at the same time, many researches even claim that it’s good for health. Let’s check out ‘why’ and ‘why we shouldn’t’.
The truth is that it has nothing to do with food quality but jet lag.
There is a reason behind it. At high altitudes, our digestive systems decide to shut down completely. It is like being under the influence of anaesthesia. So, when we do get off the plane, everything starts from scratch which means that there is double work for your body to do, making you tired and even exhausted.
What to do about it?
People on planes overeat because there are long, dull hours to pass, they use food as a diversion, but the food stored on the planes are mostly oversalted and preserved so that it can be microwaved when served later on to the passengers. So, what we can do about it is that we eat a couple of hours before getting on the flight. This would give your stomach some time to digest food.
The other side of the coin.
But if Insider’s report is to be believed, they totally negate the notion. They spoke to a nutritionist who points out that the belief is ‘completely false’.
How it affects us?
The nutritionist says that this type of fasting could actually drop the blood sugar and make the jet lag worse than ever.
When it’s time to bring in Science.
Carolyn Pallister, who is a registered dietitian and Public Health manager at Slimming World says,
«Suggestions that your digestive system shuts down during a flight has no scientific foundation, by restricting yourself and not eating for long periods of time on a long flight you are likely to feel weak, shaky, and could even suffer from headaches and low mood.»
One more joins the group.
Nutritionist Jennifer Cassetta also agrees with Carolyn and called the advice ‘irresponsible’. Her logic is that people use bathrooms on board that means their digestive system is up and running.
How to avoid jet lag anyway?
Effective ways to cut down jet lag is by staying hydrated and not drinking alcohol especially since airplane food is overly salted.
«Your best bet is to pack your own snacks of high water content foods like fresh fruit and vegetables, baby carrots, celery, plums, peaches, apples, etc., and some unsalted nuts for protein,» Cassetta said.
What’s your verdict?
Now you have read both the sides. So, what would you prefer?