Travel Series: Diet considerations in airports

Publication Date: 
Wed, 03/20/2013
By: Alere Staff

Since airlines have cut back on meal services in-flight and with limits on the types of foods allowed through security, travelers are increasingly challenged to keep a consistent diet while flying. Luckily, flyers will find an increased selection of healthy foods to enjoy at terminal kiosks and restaurants.

When choosing your meal, you may now find foods that are heart healthy, high in fiber and low in fat, including those that have a high Vitamin K content (i.e. spinach, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, etc.) As a patient taking warfarin, remember that you may enjoy these foods, just maintain a consistent and moderate diet.

Look for fresh and healthy options such as yogurt, sandwiches on whole wheat bread, or dried fruits and nuts. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water! Avoid caffeine drinks like coffee and sodas as they promote dehydration. Staying well-hydrated will help your body endure the demands of travel.

You may still be able to pre-pack some meals from home; just check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for a list of restricted items. As always, speak to your doctor regarding any diet questions. You can also check with our Vitamin K Finder listing to easily keep track of vitamin K in food you eat.