Wednesday 10 December 2014

Foods you should never eat before flying

It is the holiday season and many of us are booking flights to visit family, friends or just to go on vacation. What you eat before you get on board can make a big impact on how you feel once you’re in the air, so leave those dining disasters off your pre-flight checklist and you’ll avoid the dreaded “jet bloat”, being the stinky seatmate and other flying horrors.

Always avoid anything that can cause access gas build up in your tummy, that means the obvious suspects like beans, broccoli and cabbage. You don’t want to spend the entire flight feeling bloated and no one on board will appreciate a gassy passenger.

Fizzy drinks
Yes, fizzy drinks can cause flatulence. Not only that but drinks with caffeine will keep you from sleeping and cause multiple trips to the bathroom. The carbonation will probably also cause you to burp continuously and get heartburn.

Everyone knows it – garlic cause bad breath. Having stinky garlic breath while you’re in the tight quarters of a plane is not a nice thing for the passengers around you, plus it can also cause bad body odor.

French fries
The wonderful smell of fries in the airport can be your biggest weakness, but you need to fight the urges and avoid eating them before you get on your flight! The fats and oils in fried food can cause heart burn which leads to a very uncomfortable flight.

You might want to calm your nerves and indulge in some much needed alcoholic beverages, but alcohol has a dehydrating effect. Since the air in the airplane is also very dry, drinking alcohol can make it even worse.

A lot of people have difficulty digesting meat; if you decide to eat a huge cheeseburger before you get on board you might find yourself having digestive issues the whole flight. Plus eating a lot of meat can cause a very unpleasant body odor, and nobody wants that!

You might like to grab a cup of coffee before you get on your flight, but it’s actually best to avoid it! It not only leaves you with coffee breath, but it can leave you jittery, dehydrated and with an irritated bladder.

Hot peppers
Spicy food can cause discomfort in your stomach and bladder irritation, it can also leave you with a burning mouth. You don’t want to deal with your mouth feeling on fire during the whole flight, so it’s best to avoid the hot peppers.

Avoid apples at all costs, they are very hard to digest and can leave you very gassy. Orange juice should also be avoided as it can be very acidic and lead to heartburn, plus it can make you urinate more and you don’t want to be trekking up and down the plane the whole flight.

Chewing gum
Gum might stop your ears from popping, but guess what the more you chew the more air you swallow which leads to gas build up in your stomach and that means being bloated! The artificial sweetener in the chewing gum can also cause flatulence, and nobody wants that!

If you feel hungry before your flight, or during the flight make your trip more pleasant and make sure to always avoid these foods, they should probably be saved for when you land in your destination.

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Written By: Christine Romans

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