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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 March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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