This airline has the healthiest food

Virgin America’s in-flight offerings are not bad for you, study finds.


Air travel and healthy eating need not be mutually exclusive, especially on Virgin America.

Charles Platkin, the director of the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College, recently developed a ranking system for airplane food, which assesses whether the using 10 criteria, including calorie levels, nutrition and overall improvement of healthy offerings and cost, and found that Virgin America’s foods are the healthiest, with an average of 337 calories per food item.

Runners up are Delta Air Lines, which provides for vegan, gluten-free, kosher snacks, followed by Air Canada, which meals that are less than 342 calories.

At the bottom of the list are budget airlines like Spirit, which has an average of 383 calories per food item, and Frontier (380 calories).

Also Platkin advises flyers to prevent small snacks such as nuts, which are high in calories and may leave you not full.

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