Erie Times News: Airline food more healthful

by Charles Platkin, PhD

On the nation’s airlines, the days of a free lunch are gone.

That also goes for breakfast, dinner and snacks. Once complimentary, most airline food now comes with a price tag.

But there is some good news about what you get to eat on commercial airlines: It is getting more healthful.

That’s the assessment of Charles Platkin, a professor of nutrition at the City University of New York’s Hunter College who has tested and ranked airline foods since 2000. With few exceptions, Platkin said most airlines now offer at least one healthful meal alternative.

Platkin gave the top ranking this year to Virgin America, noting that the airline offers low-calorie options such as roasted pear and arugula salad and a “protein plate” with hummus and whole-wheat pita bread.

Last on the list was Allegiant Air, whose snacks include M&M’s, Oreo Brownies and Pringles chips.

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