The Diet Detective on Airline Food

Seattle Times reporter Charles Stuart Platkin is at it again. You remember Platkin, right? The health reporter that makes food recommendations primarily based on calorie content.

This is the guy who recommended hotdogs over pizza and fried zucchini over fried calamari. Yeah, because when I think healthy eating, I think hotdogs and fried zucchini! This time “The Diet Detective”, as he is known, takes a look at airline food and snacks—get ready for more of the same. Here are his thoughts on Continental Airlines’ goodies:
Health score: 4 stars Not much variety, but low-calorie, high-impact meals.

Best bet: Both sandwiches are fine; the light mayo is a nice touch

Total calories: 285 (turkey), 316 (ham)

Exercise equivalents: (amount of walking to burn off the calories) 73 minutes (turkey); 81 minutes (ham); 21 minutes (peanuts); 13 minutes (pretzels)

Cost: No charge

Snack choices:

Flights over two hours:

• Turkey sandwich (170 calories, including packet of Hellmann's light mayo) or

• Ham sandwich (201 calories, including packet of French's yellow mustard)
Lunch meat with mayo! Okay, I’m no health expert, but here’s your best bet, bring a couple pieces of fruit, or, just do without! Surely you can survive a few hours without stuffing your face. Now, I don’t fly very often, but this past summer I flew out to Las Vegas, about a four hour flight from New Jersey, and believe it or not I didn’t eat a single thing.

And, Gerry, you didn’t starve?

No. But I was probably the only one on that plane who didn’t pull their tray down, get all bright-eyed, and sit up eagerly as teacher doled out the snacks. Grown men and women captivated by mass-produced sweet muffins, milk, and salad drowned in ranch dressing. I felt so embarrassed for them. Anyone else have a similar experience?
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g-mama - November 30, 2006 6:17 PM

"But I was probably the only one on that plane who didn't pull their tray down, get all bright-eyed, and sit up eagerly as teacher doled out the snacks."

ROFL!!!! Although I have to admit that a flight doesn't feel right if I don't have a snack. Now I bring my own, but I should really just deal and not eat at all. Great point!

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