11 Foods And Drinks To Avoid Before Flying

11 Foods And Drinks To Avoid Before Flying
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11 Foods And Drinks To Avoid Before Flying

In order to avoid "jet bloat" and make your next voyage more pleasant, we at The Daily Meal have picked out 11 foods and drinks you might want to hold off eating until your flight has landed. So before heading to the airport next time, click through our slideshow and get tips on how to be smart about you travel-day snacking.

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French Fries

French fries might be a quick and easy snack to grab at the airport, but fried foods are not our digestive system's best friend. At a high altitude, our body’s ability to process high-fat and high-sodium foods becomes even worse, easily leading to bloating and discomfort.

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Though fruits in general are healthy snack choices, apples or other fibrous fruits are not easy to digest, and can lead to gas and bloating.

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Beans are probably one of the most obvious culprits when it comes to gas-causing foods. Save the bean burrito for a post-landing meal for a more comfortable flight.

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Carbonated Soft Drinks

Carbonated drinks can cause gas and heartburn, both of which are unpleasant feelings to have during a flight. Switch the can of Coke for a bottle of cold water, or calming herbal tea.

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Hot Peppers

Especially for the more sensitive eater, spicy food can cause stomach discomfort and bladder irritation. To respect your neighboring passenger, avoiding hot peppers might also be a smart choice, as eating a hot meal also can cause bad breath.

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Chewing Gum

While chewing gum can help your ears pop after takeoff and landing, constant chewing also lets extra air into your body, causing bloating and gas.

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Sugar-Free Candy

Synthetic sugars used in sugar-free candy are often not easily processed by our bodies, causing bloating, gas, and even a laxative effect.

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Cruciferous Vegetables

Being in high altitude can itself lead to an uncomfortable, bloated feeling, as the air pressure is different from what the human body is used to. To avoid further bloating, skip the broccoli, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables during preflight meal

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Coffee has a dehydrating effect on the body, and combined with the dry airplane air, this easily causes your body to become dehydrated, leading to headache and nausea. You might also want to avoid caffeine, as it can prevent you from taking a relaxing in-flight nap.

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Afraid of flying? Well, having that preflight cocktail to calm your nerves might actually do more harm than good. Like coffee, alcohol has a dehydrating effect on the body, and can cause headaches, nausea and discomfort on the plane.

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A juicy cheeseburger might be a tempting preflight indulgence, but fatty and high-sodium foods are even harder to process at high altitude, easily causing bloating and an upset stomach. Sitting still in a pressurized cabin also slows blood flow, and the addition of saturated fat from fast food such as burgers can further hinder blood flow and increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

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With the holiday season approaching, many of us are booking flights to visit family, friends, or simply to go on a vacation. Though flying often is a convenient and quick way to get from one place to another (if you don't get hit with delays or airport lines), it can also come with some unpleasant side effects. For those traveling longer distances and passing through different time zones, jet lag can be hard to avoid. But another common side effect of air travel, "jet bloat," might actually be quite easily prevented.

"Jet bloat" is not a made-up term, but an actual condition that's surprisingly common among passengers on an airplane. According to a report on PRweb, the term "jet bloat" refers to "the body's increased volume of gas that occurs from airline travel," and the higher the altitude, the more the gas expands in our bodies. Luckily, there are a few simple things we can do to try to avoid the feeling of extra bloating and discomfort during flights, starting with what we eat.

Before boarding an airplane, it might be smart to stop and think about what foods and drinks we choose to consume. Though the classic preflight cocktail at the airport might calm your nerves, it can also make your flight more unpleasant: The air on a plane is much dryer than what we are used to, and combined with the dehydrating effect of alcohol, this can easily lead to headaches and other feelings of discomfort. Alcohol and coffee are both drinks one should avoid before flying, both because the risk of dehydration and their tendency to mess up a normal sleeping pattern.

If you're feeling hungry before jumping on a plane, there are also a few food items that probably should be saved for a post-flight meal. Though grabbing a burger and fries from the fast-food joint next to your gate might seem like a smart choice on-the-go, at an altitude of more than 35,000 feet your body might start to disagree. Though fast-food is never the best food choice, digesting foods loaded with sodium and saturated fats becomes even harder for our body at a high altitude. A more unexpected food item to avoid if you're looking to prevent that bloated feeling is chewing gum, which might indeed help popping your ears, but the continuous chewing also makes us swallow air, causing extra gas in our bodies.

Check out the slideshow above for 11 foods and drinks to avoid while flying.

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