Sunday 26 January 2020

New in-flight menu helps nervous fliers to relax – and can also fight off jet lag

British research shows four in 10 people get ill when travelling or going on holiday. Stock photo: PA
British research shows four in 10 people get ill when travelling or going on holiday. Stock photo: PA

Sarah Knapton

Eating rice can help nervous fliers feel less stressed, according to an Oxford professor.

A new in-flight meal which boosts the immune system, calms the nerves, settles the stomach and even fights jet lag is being trialled by the airline Monarch.

British research shows four in 10 people get ill when travelling or going on holiday.

The new menu was created by Professor Charles Spence, of Oxford University, who has helped celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal create many gastronomic masterpieces.

It includes immunity boosting echinacea and liquorice ice-cream, relaxing green tea and lavender cakes, bloat-busting herbal tea and energising, umami-rich snack bars. The ingredients were specially selected to enhance happiness, relaxation and well-being.

Symptoms

Prior to take off, immunity boosting echinacea and liquorice ice-cream reduces the symptoms of coughs and colds.

It is also black to help take the mind off the long flight ahead.

The green tea and lavender mochi rice cakes relax travellers at take-off. Lavender has been proven to enhance relaxation and sleep quality in all ages and the high polyphenol content of green tea means it’s packed with antioxidants and can fight jet lag.

Approximately 30 minutes into the flight, travellers are served a specially created blend of herbal tea containing chamomile, fennel seed and kelp, proven to combat bloating and aid digestion, which affects 18pc of travellers.

The tea will be accompanied by a crunchy, seaweed biscuit, delivering sweet yet salty umami tastes.

Awaken

Finally, just before disembarkation, travellers are given a caramelised nut bar coated in umami rich mushroom and tomato powder to re-energise and awaken the senses as passengers arrive at their destination.

The new in-flight menu has been on a number of flights from Luton to Naples, Gibraltar and Malaga from the beginning of this week.

(© Daily Telegraph London)

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