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7 foods and drinks you should avoid when flying

Health & Fitness

7 foods and drinks you should avoid when flying

The airport food situ isn’t nearly as dire as it used to be, but whether you’re in the air or waiting to board, your healthy options are limited. We’re here to help.

 

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7 foods and drinks you should avoid when flying

Food to avoid when flying: Tomato juice

For some reason it’s a favourite on flights. But because there’s so much sodium in tomato juice, it will make you retain water. Before you leave for the airport, Nicole Fetterly, registered dietitian at Vancouver Dietitian, recommends making ginger tea – steeping slice of ginger root in boiling water and adding lemon. It’s a natural digestive aid.   READ MORE: How to get your best butt ever in 2016

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7 foods and drinks you should avoid when flying

Food to avoid when flying: Candy and chips

While delicious, they will not keep you full during a long flight, says Miller. If you have a sugar craving, grab some fruit or yogurt. Or pick up a bunch of snacks to nibble on. Miller recommends nuts and seeds (plenty of airport vendors sell them), oranges and apples, and vegetables or satiating cheese. READ MORE: 8 cookbooks to inspire healthy eating

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7 foods and drinks you should avoid when flying

Food to avoid when flying: White-flour based foods

You know the culprits: bread, wraps, crackers. “These raise your blood sugar and insulin, which is problematic for weight gain, inflammation and an increase in cortisol, our stress hormone,” says Fetterly. READ MORE: What is cloud bread and is it good for you?

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7 foods and drinks you should avoid when flying

Food to avoid when flying: Carbonated beverages

Excuse us while we get personal for a moment: flying itself can be bloating because the air pressure causes the gas in your stomach to expand. Drinking carbonated beverages will only result in more build-up. The same goes for eating bloat-inducing vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, onion and cabbage, says Fetterly. Stick with water. READ MORE: 5 things you need to know about souping

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7 foods and drinks you should avoid when flying

Food to avoid when flying: Deli meat

Most of the sandwiches in the terminal or on the plane will contain deli meats. Remember: processed meat has recently been labelled as a carcinogen (something that causes cancer) by a branch of the World Health Organization, says Fetterly. So try not to eat too much of it. Instead, try dishes with lean protein, lots of vegetables and a whole grain. Registered dietitian Andrea Miller recommends seeking out airport restaurants where food is made-to-order so you have control of what goes in your dish. Also, “try to stick to your usual meal and snack timing, as much as possible. This will prevent you from becoming over hungry or eating an extra meal,” she says. READ MORE: Motivational fitness gear to inspire your workout

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7 foods and drinks you should avoid when flying

Food to avoid when flying: Fried foods

Avoid these in the air for the same reason you should limit consumption on the ground. They are full of excess calories that come from fat. “They also use inexpensive, refined oils that can be inflammatory and detrimental to heart and digestive health,” says Fetterly. READ MORE: 7 health-boosting herbs and spices you should be adding to your dinner plate

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7 foods and drinks you should avoid when flying

Food to avoid when flying: Alcohol

Sorry to be a downer, but alcohol is a diuretic; it’s dehydrating. The same goes for coffee. Save these for when you touch down in your destination. It will be the perfect way to celebrate! READ MORE: 6 amazing superherbs you need to add to your diet

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