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Your airplane meal is really not as healthy as you hope it is

Evoke.ie logoEvoke.ie 23/06/2017 Bronwyn O Neill

© Provided by Associated News We can’t think of anything worst tasting than an airplane meal but to top it all off the top of calories in one of those bad boys is absolutely eye watering.

A new book Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating by Professor Charles Spence explains why an airplane meal is so heavy on calories.

As well as why they taste absolutely horrific!

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Apparently the lower air pressure, dry cabin air and the engine noise means we are unable to taste and smell our food properly.

Due to this they have to add at least 20 to 30 per cent more sugar and salt to the food just so we can taste our airplane meal.

It also means that a lot of airlines choose to serve stronger flavoured dishes like curry so we get some flavour.

So on top of the really strange tasting airplane meal the addition of extra salt and sugar means that the calories in your meal are absolutely massive!

Spence also added that because you’re probably sitting for hours on your flight with nothing to do, you’re probably mindlessly eating throughout your journey adding to your calories.

He estimates that the average person consuming nearly double their recommended calories allowance during their flight alone!

The average traveler will consume more than 3,400 calories between their check-in at the airport and their arrival at their destination. 

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