The Best And Worst Airline Food For Health-Conscious Flyers

by Charles Platkin, PhD

Travel and healthy eating can be a tricky combination to pull off but if you want to avoid packing on extra baggage — the kind that doesn’t fit in a suitcase — start with ditching certain airline foods.

That’s the notion from Charles Platkin, a personal trainer and author better known as the Diet Detective. In an online survey, Platkin ranks the health offerings of 12 major airlines by analyzing their choices of snacks and in-flight meals.

Platkin grades airlines according to their score in eight categories: health of meals and snack boxes, health of individual snacks, healthy offerings, the caloric value for snacks, meals, snack boxes, menu innovation, cooperation in disclosing nutritional information and their improvement from 2012’s ranking. Those numbers then translate to a ranking out of five.

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