Best Airline Food: Here’s Your Top Tasty and Health Choices

by Charles Platkin, PhD

NEW YORK — According to Airlines For America, there are typically more than 44 million passengers traveling over the holiday travel season (December 16 – January 5).

Knowing what are the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ airline food choices is a valuable tool for any traveler, so once again rated the best ‘Calorie Bargains’ and “Calorie Rip-offs” at 35,000 feet. issued the 2013 Airline Food Survey rating foods for twelve (12) airlines. The survey assigned a “Health Score” (5 stars = highest rate, 0 star = lowest) based on eight criteria including health of meals and snack boxes, health of individual snacks, healthy offerings, calorie levels (snacks, meals, snack boxes), improvement from last year’s survey, menu innovation and cooperation in providing nutritional information. The survey includes health ratings, average calories per airline, cost, comments, food offerings, calories, and exercise equivalents. The average number of calories per food item for all airlines last year was 388. This year it’s 360 calories per food item — a drop!

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