Expert says passengers should always order tomato juice on flights

When going on holiday the plane ride can be exciting as you head to your destination, but there’s plenty to be desired from the experience.

You may have to suffer through loud snoring, embarrassing fellow passengers and the pressurised air making your skin and nose feel dry.

And, one of the worst parts of the flight is the unappetising food.

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In fact, experts claim that there’s something about being at 35,000ft that affects our tastebuds both on the plane and after we land.

There are things you can try to make the food taste less bland though.

Oxford professor and expert in taste and food, Charles Spence, explained that wearing headphones can help to improve the flavour of plane food.

He told the Telegraph: “Donning a pair of noise-cancelling headphones could actually be one of the simplest ways in which to make food and drink taste better at altitude.

“The lower cabin pressure, dry cabin air and loud engine noise all contribute to our inability to taste and smell food and drink.”

Apparently, high-pitched sounds make food taste sweeter by 10% – as research conducted at at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant, the Fat Duck, found.

But, some foods will taste just as nice on a plane as off.

Nutrition coach at OriGym Centre of Excellence, Alice Williams, explained that as tastebuds change when flying there are some foods passengers should consume to combat this.

Alice explained: “During a flight, two main things happen to the air: the pressure increases and the humidity drops. This combination of low pressure and dryness is ultimately what makes your taste buds change.

“The dryness in a plane also reduces your sense of smell. Since smell actually makes up a large part of how we taste food, this will also affect how food tastes in the air.”

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According to the Express, she notes that “umami” flavours are the best for this as “umami is not affected by flying".

And, the best drink with tonnes of umami flavours is apparently tomato juice – a drink stocked by most airlines.

Yum! So if you want to enjoy something flavourful try tomato juice or a sandwich with "strong cheese and tomato".

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