If you are heading off on holiday this summer, choose your in-flight food wisely and you will feel refreshed on arrival. Jet lag, anxiety, nausea bloating can get your holiday off on the wrong foot so step away from the drinks trolley and make some good choices to help your health. Singapore Airlines’ resident chef and Manager of Food & Beverage, Hermann Freidanck, says travellers should eat to help alleviate the discomforts that can be associated with flying.
For example, research shows that eating the right kinds of food can leave people up to 16 times less likely to suffer from jet lag. Opt for a light meal that is relatively easy to digest as it’s best to arrive feeling slightly hungry.
If you feel travel sick, ask for a ginger-based drink such as ginger ale when ordering from the drinks service. Pineapple is also a digestive aid which contains an enzyme called bromelain that helps break down food in the stomach.
If fear of flying makes you anxious, Vitamin B, found in whole grains, fruit and vegetables has a profound effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress. Also, celery has long been prescribed by naturopaths for anxiety as it has a tranquilising effect on the central nervous system. Pre-biotics can also reduce bloating and are commonly found in foods such as bananas, berries, chicory, onions and garlic.
Singapore Airlines also offers customers in First and Business Class the opportunity to pre-order their inflight meal via the Book the Cook programme, which provides customers with extra choice over their meal options.