One of the perils of travelling is plane food.
Unless you have a few thousand pounds to splash on business class or higher, plane food is generally bland and rather unappetising.
However, not only is the food bland, it’s also packed with calories according to a new book.
Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating by Oxford University professor Charles Spence explains why this is: “The lower cabin air pressure, dry cabin air and the loud engine noise all contribute to our inability to taste and smell food and drink.”
“[Therefore] the food we consume needs 20-30% more sugar and salt to make it taste like it would on the ground.”
In fact, Brits consume nearly twice the recommended daily intake of calories travelling to their destinations, the professor said.
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He wrote, “It has been estimated, that the British consume more than 3,400 calories between their check-in at the airport and their arrival at their destination.”
Charles continued and said that due to boredom on a flight, food becomes an “appealing distraction” – and it’s hard to resist when it’s free.
Charles added watching a movie or TV show while flying can also make you eat more.
“Another really big problem is the movie or television you watch,” Charles added.
“It is not uncommon to find people eating as much a third more food with the TV on.”
An anonymous attendant said: “You get served frozen food which is kept for up to 72 hours.”