Best and worst airline food for you, based on airline

Flying is no easy feat.

Travel is exhausting. You're running around, trying to catch a taxi to the airport. Then, you have to wait on lines upon lines -- tickets, security, bathroom, boarding.

Given this hectic time, it's easy to splurge on what you're eating. Candies and airport fast food become the norm. You spend all your time and money on flights, you don't want to spend an extra second in that food court if you don't have to.

But what about food on the plane? Which airlines have the healthiest options, and which should you stay away from?

Dr. Charles Platkin, also known as the Diet Detective, is helping us answer these questions. He ranks each airline based on calories, health score and how open they are in disclosing such information.

Scroll through to see Platkin's takeaways on airline food:

Healthiest plane food choices
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Healthiest plane food choices

1. Virgin America

Average calories: 352

Order: Yogurt and granola (330 calories)
Avoid: individual snacks

2. Delta

Average calories: 512 

Order: Peanuts (70 calories)
Avoid: Black Angus burger (960 calories) 

3.Air Canada

Average calories: 327

Order: Greek parfait or Breakfast sandwich (260 calories)
Skip: Pepperoni pizza (490 calories) 

4. Spirit Airlines

Average calories: 423

Order: Noodle soup (290 calories)
Skip: Nuggets and nuts (600 calories) 

6. Frontier 

Average calories: N/A

Dr. Platkin said he was unable to receive the nutritional information from the airline.


You can view Platkin's full rankings of more airlines and food on his website.

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