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Why These Kinds Of Flight Meals Are Always Better Choices (Based On Science)

Why These Kinds Of Flight Meals Are Always Better Choices (Based On Science)

Do you find yourself taking airplane flights frequently for work or pleasure? You may be familiar with the feeling of dread you have when you think about the in-flight food you will have to eat. You find that nothing seems to taste any good when you are in the air.

Why does airplane food taste bad?

Well, your feeling has a scientific basis as German researchers at Fraunhofer Institute found that the aircraft’s cabin atmosphere, which is pressurized at 2,400 meters, when combined with cabin air numbs about a third of our 10,000 taste buds.

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Once more, the stillness of the cabin tends to dry out the mucus membranes in the nose. This dulls the olfactory sensors that affect taste. It was also found that at high altitudes one’s perception of saltiness and sweetness drops by about 30 per cent. These are some of the reasons why our sense of taste is somewhat skewed when we are in the air.

Harold McGee, scientist and author of On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, writes that food starts to deteriorate when it is warmed up to room temperature or higher. If it is warmed up over 160 degrees Celsius for meat or 140 degrees for fish the food will end up being tough and dry. Airline food is prepared, cooled and stored until the time it is ready to be loaded onto the flight. This can often take time; sometimes hours pass from the time it was cooked. This means that the food is likely to become chewy and dried up by the time we receive it.

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Always choose protein based food

Hermann Freidanck is in charge of creating the airlines’ globally renowned on-board menus. He advises that people should choose protein based food but to make sure that the food is not heavy. Research has found that being a little hungry is better than eating too much on a flight. Freidanck recommends eggs for breakfast and for other meals chicken, tuna or light colored fish.

Ginger ale as drinks

Another tip that Freidanck provides is to choose ginger ale as a drink. He says that ginger helps to quell the effects of travel sickness. Many Asian dishes include ginger so if you see any of these dishes on the menu, choose them.

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Food to bring

If you have a chance you may opt to bring your own food with you on the airplane. If you have this option, then go for protein-rich foods. The protein in the food will help you feel full so you will be less likely to feel the urge to snack in between meals. You might like to buy protein bars or make yourself a cold pasta salad or a chicken sandwich.

It is a good idea to select food that do not have offensive odours. Strong smelling food can permeate the cabin leaving behind an unwanted odour. Also, try to choose food that can last for a long period of time without refrigeration. It is best to select something that will not get crushed in your bag, as finding bits of food at the bottom of your bag after the flight can be annoying. Dried nuts, sliced apples or crackers with peanut butter can all be great options.

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Foods to steer clear of

The air pressure in the airplane can upset your intestinal system, so it is best to avoid eating anything that will further disturb the balance in your gut. Gassy foods should be avoided; these foods include: beans, broccoli, onions and carbonated beverages. You should try not to bring greasy food as it may make you feel greasy and the smell will  permeate the cabin.

Summation

So next time you plan on traveling by air it will give you a greater sense of comfort and well-being if you pay attention to what you eat. Try to stick to the lighter meals with high protein content and grab a ginger ale drink and you should have a more enjoyable flying experience.

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Rebecca Beris

Rebecca is a wellness and lifestyle writer at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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