What’s the best food to eat when fly­ing?

South Canterbury Herald - - MOTORING -

to help boost my veg­etable and nu­tri­ent in­take.

While fly­ing, I can­not en­cour­age you enough to sim­ply eat when you are hun­gry and turn down any other meals you are of­fered. More of­ten than not you will be of­fered far more food than is needed, and as fly­ing de­hy­drates us, some­times we can feel hun­gry when we are ac­tu­ally thirsty. It’s im­por­tant to stay hy­drated so drink plenty of water and avoid caf­feine and al­co­hol – these can de­hy­drate you fur­ther and can make it more dif­fi­cult to

get qual­ity rest on the plane.

Q: How many eggs can I eat per week? Kin­d­est, Ju­dith

A:

Whole eggs are very nu­tri­tious. They con­tain high­qual­ity pro­tein, nour­ish­ing fats, vi­ta­min E, vi­ta­min B12, vi­ta­min A, iron, zinc, se­le­nium and lutein, a carotenoid that sup­ports eye health. They also con­tain choles­terol. Choles­terol isn’t ‘‘bad’’ – it plays many es­sen­tial (yes, es­sen­tial!) roles in the body, but his­tor­i­cally there was con­cern that di­etary choles­terol would in­crease blood choles­terol lev­els. We now know that the choles­terol in the foods we eat ac­tu­ally has very lit­tle im­pact on our blood lev­els.

There isn’t a spe­cific num­ber of eggs per week that I rec­om­mend – it de­pends on what nour­ishes you. How­ever, as a very gen­eral guide, I would sug­gest a max­i­mum of one egg­based meal per day, as more than this may be­gin to im­pact on the va­ri­ety of foods that you eat. En­joy­ing a wide va­ri­ety of real, whole foods is es­sen­tial to en­sure you are get­ting a bal­anced spread of nu­tri­ents each day.

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On long-haul flights try to opt for light meals with a high veg­etable con­tent.

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