Press / November 25, 2012

Orlando Sentinel: Airline food is getting more healthful, expert says

By Charles Platkin, PhD

On the nation’s airlines, the days of free lunch are long over. That also goes for breakfast, dinner and snacks. Once complimentary, most airline food now comes with a price tag.

But there is some good news about what you get to eat on commercial airlines: It apparently is getting more healthful.

That’s the assessment of Charles Platkin, a professor of nutrition at the City University of New York, who has tested and ranked airline foods off and on since 2000. He said most airlines now offer at least one healthy meal alternative in their on-board menu.

“It’s actually moving in a good direction,” he said. “It’s been an ebb and flow, but the overall trend is positive.”

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