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How Healthy Is Your Favorite Airline? A Food Survey Of America's Top 8 Airlines (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 11/30/10 12:40 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:15 PM ET has issued the 2010 Airline Food Survey, rating the healthiness of foods for eight American airlines.'s editor, Charles Stuart Platkin, PhD, MPH and public health advocate, said in a statement:

"This year United provided the 'healthiest" choices in the sky, while Continental had a fall from grace, US Airways received the lowest rating, and Virgin America and Delta were the least cooperative (and also received a low health rating)."
Below are the surveyed airlines' arranged according to health score (1 = highest, 8 = lowest), along with Dr. Platkin's "best bets" for what to eat on each of them.

Text and captions courtesy of Charles Stuart Platkin at

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#1 United Airlines
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On flights longer than two hours go for the Tapas, which includes almonds, olives, hummus and bruschetta. For flights longer than three hours, United has a plethora of choices - the Turkey sandwich at 600 calories is one of the healthiest options, and the Chicken Caesar Salad and Fruit Tray are also good choices. For breakfast, your best bet is the Smoothie or the Yogurt Parfait. Skip the Continental Breakfast - at 783 calories, it's a bad start to your day.
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