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Mile high drinks

I have read good reviews about beer and wines served by airlines and I think it is a good occasion to try something new. Which one is best when you are on a diet?

Food and Wine World Sat, 09/02/2017 - 07:27

On most flights, airlines will offer passengers a drink right after taking off; and a constant supply of beverages from then on for long flights. They do so with good reason as changes in pressure during flights may lead to dehydration and congestion, drinking fluids is the way to keep well.

An assortment of alcoholic drinks is usually part of the selection. Airlines make a point of having good wines and some flights carry excellent vintages. As there is not much else to do than enjoy the food and wine on offer, it might be the chance to try something new without having to worry about driving. You are right, a long flight presents is a great time to choose a good wine, unwind and relax. This is time to drink responsibly, though. Too much alcohol will make dehydration or jet lag worse, and pile on the calories. An airline meal has about 600 calories. It is the little extras, such as beer or wine, that add up.

Spirits – come in small bottles, double dose each.

Gin, vodka, whisky, or rum – have about 100 calories each plus add the tonic water or cola to mix.

Beer – comes in small cans, about 95 calories each.

Wine – usually comes in small bottles, about 170 ml, enough for two glasses.

Common sense recommends avoiding spirits, wine and beer altogether in short business flights. The risk of giving into temptation is feeling very sleepy, instead of alert and focused, during all those business meetings.

Fruit juices – good but about 50 calories per serving with the exception of tomato juice, fruit juices can be liquid candy for someone on a diet.

Tea and coffee – good in calories but more dehydrating than not.

Water – hydrating and calorie free, the best drink when one is on a diet.