Why do we want to eat more on board?


Everyone’s eyes return to their hostesses just after the plane is over. Most of us find the airplane meals pretty attractive even if the distance is short. Have you ever thought about why we are having more appetite on the plane? Oxford University made a study in order to reply this question.

Researchers of Oxford University made a study about why we feel hungrier on board and why the meals at the airplane are tastier. Speaking to Business Insider, the researchers said that the taste of the dishes eaten on the plane was thought to be better than the normal food, and a meal we normally do not like is going to be tastier on the flight most of the time.

They say that, the reason why we want to eat more on board is the sound of aircraft engines. According to this study the cabin pressure directly affects appetite, while passengers who are in an enclosed environment are affected by the engine’s sound and indicate that it is appetizing.

In fact, most of the food served at the flight is normally sweeter and salty than the food we eat.

The reason for this is the sense of taste derived from cabin pressure and nasal obstruction. In other words, as the sense of taste of people decreases in the air, more salt or sugar is added to the food. The sound from the aircraft engine hinders our desire for a sweet and savory meal, so about 15-20 percent of sugar and salt are added to the food we eat while in the air.

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