Eating In Flight


The question of eating in flight is complex. How your body processes food, what types of foods are best to ingest and when to ingest them come into play. Most people eat on flights because of boredom, and many suffer the effects of jet lag by doing so. The rule of thumb is to dine light if at all, eating in the way your body feels best, and not because of boredom, convenience or even time zone.

Here are some tips:

  • When you eat may not fit in with the normal eating schedule for where you depart or where you arrive, so limit your dining in the air and go for a light meal or snack when you land.
  • Carbohydrates seem to have better effect than protein. Mountain climbers ingest carbs because they are more easily digested in low-oxygen environments. Fruit is a good source of carb and vitamins.
  • Fasting can be even better, provided the flight is not overly long.
  • Eat small portions. Your body will be better able to digest them in flight.
  • Avoid salty foods, they can make you feel bloated and cause your ankles and joints to swell. (Skip the peanuts!)

Healthy Travel Tips

This page originally published as part of the electronic Gourmet Guide between 1994 and 1998.

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