The Record (Bergen Record, New Jersey): Travel news & notes: Airline food gets more healthful

by Charles Platkin, PhD

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 Hunter College who has tested and ranked airline foods off and on since 2000. With few exceptions, Platkin said most airlines now offer at least one healthful meal alternative on their menu.

“It’s actually moving in a good direction,” he said.

Platkin gave the top ranking this year to Virgin America, noting that the airline based in California offers low-calorie options such as roasted pear and arugula salad, a “protein plate” with hummus and whole wheat pita bread, plus oatmeal for breakfast. He gave the airline 4 1/4 stars out of a maximum of five stars.

Last on the list was Allegiant Air. Platkin said the Las Vegas airline “made it clear that their foods were not healthy. It shows.” The airline’s snacks include M&Ms, Oreo Brownies and Pringles chips.

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