Press / December 16, 2013 Survey: Virgin America, Air Canada have healthy fare

By Charles Platkin, PhD

The calorie count is coming down in those in-flight snack boxes and meals, but when it comes to nutrition, U.S. airlines still have a ways to go.

So says an annual survey ranking airlines according to how healthy their food offerings are in coach on domestic flights.

Among the dozen carriers surveyed, the average calorie count per food item dropped from 388 calories last year to 360 calories in 2013, says Charles Platkin, the survey’s author and editor of
and professor at Hunter College and City University of New York School of Public Health.

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