AIRLINE FOOD meets its match with these two scientifically-designed sarnies
It’s a scientific fact that food tastes different at 40,000 feet.
Professor Barry C. Smith from the University of London explains: “Science shows that the combination of dry air and low-pressure during flights reduces our sensitivity to food aromas.
“Additionally, the sound of white noise at 80 decibels or above has an impact on the brain’s ability to perceive sweet, salt and sour from the tongue – reducing its intensity by about 10-15%.
“In an aircraft cabin you are subjected to white noise of around 89 decibels. This will greatly reduce the flavours we can taste whilst flying.”
That’s why in-flight meals are always a bit disappointing. And that’s why taking a packed lunch won’t help.
But luxury food outlet Not Always Caviar think they have the answer. A special sandwich that’s been designed from the ground up to taste good when you’re 8 miles high.
The Sky High Sandwich will launched at the Not Always Caviar cafe in London Stansted airport, available as a £9.95 Signature Seafood Club (with optional extra caviar sauce) or an £8.50 Salt Beef deli sandwich.
Both sandwiches will include a special umami blend spice ingredient, to give the sandwiches an umami boost.
Umami is the fifth taste – the less well-known companion to sweet, sour, salty and bitter
Professor Smith says: “Foods rich in umami provide depth of flavour and boost other basic tastes like salt, sweet and sour.
“Umami is also immune to the effects of white noise on our perception of taste. Another way of boosting flavour mid-flight – where the altitude and white noise levels are high – is to combine different types of umami rich foods. “
“Foods that combine these ingredients will produce a product that’s packed with flavour – even at 35,000 feet”.
With the knowledge that taste buds can be less receptive at high altitude, the ingredients chosen for the Sky High Sandwich have been carefully crafted to ensure that passengers sampling them on-board a flight are met with punchy flavours .
With many budget carriers now dropping in-flight meals altogetehr the frequent flyer’s packed lunch is the only way to go!