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8 Foods You Should Never Eat Before Flying

8 Foods You Should Never Eat Before Flying
Diners in the food court at Houston International Airport (Kathrine Martin/Dreamstime)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 March 2019 10:29 AM

Experts say that what you eat before you board a plane can have a huge impact on how you feel during the flight and even afterward.

According to Caroline Morse Teel, senior editor for SmarterTravel.com, you should “leave these dining disasters off your pre-flight checklist and avoid the dreaded ‘jet bloat,’ being the stinky seatmate, and other in-flight horrors.”

Here are the top eight foods to avoid:

  1. Fried or Fast Food. Teel advises steering clear of the fast food temptation in airports because at 35,000 feet, digestion is tough on the body. “Add that to the trouble the human digestive system already has trouble processing saturated fats and you’ve got a recipe for heartburn or an upset stomach. Research shows that eating saturated fat can also constrict blood flow, increasing your risk for deep vein thrombosis or DVT.”
  2. Alcohol. Although it’s not technically a food, you should avoid this beverage because although that Bloody Mary may hit the spot, it’s also dehydrating. Because the air in planes isn’t humidified, you are already at risk of becoming dehydrated.
  3. Cruciferous vegetables. The airplane’s cabin pressure is not the same air pressure we experience on the ground. After takeoff, the air pressure in the cabin decreases, causing the cabin air to expand by 30 percent, says Teel. “This can cause swallowed air and gasses in the stomach and small intestine to expand, leading to an uncomfortable, bloated feeling. You can minimize the effect by steering clearing of broccoli, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables.”
  4. Carbonated beverages. Soda and beer are major causes of bloating. The bubbles you swallow land in your stomach like tiny balloons that expand when the air pressure changes.
  5. Sugar-free gum and candy. While sugar-free products are a blessing to dieters, they usually contain artificial sweeteners that can also can cause bloating and even diarrhea in some folks. If you don’t want to spend an inordinate amount of time in a tiny airplane bathroom, skip the sugar-free products.
  6. Legumes. Beans may be good for your heart but their complex sugars can lead to uncomfortable on-board bloating.
  7. Garlic. Here’s another heart-healthy food that can linger on your breath — and in your body odor. Garlic contains sulfuric compounds that are absorbed into your bloodstream and lungs. “This means you are literally exhaling garlic smell and it’s seeping out of your pores,” says Teel. “So, for the sake of your seatmates, skip the garlic pasta before boarding.”
  8. Airplane-provided water, ice, coffee, or tea. It’s important to stay hydrated during your flight but Teel suggests BYOW — bringing your own water. Tests by the EPA showed that one out of every seven planes had tank water that did not meet federal standards, and in fact may contain bacteria like E. coli. Although beverage carts might provide you with “bottled” water from a large bottle, that vessel could have been refilled using tank water. Coffee and tea are also often made with the same tank water which is usually not hot enough to kill germs. Ice is sometimes made on board so it’s safer to pass on that as well.

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