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Healthiest Airplane Beverage

Which should you choose the next time you fly?

October 3, 2008 |
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OK, next scenario: Imagine you’re on an airplane. You are asked what you want to drink and you think to yourself: Which is healthiest? They’ve got a variety of soft drinks, water, cranberry juice, hot tea, orange juice, tomato juice, hot coffee, and apple juice. Which is healthiest? Is it the ginger ale because ginger is this amazing spice? Is it water—doesn’t everyone always say how water is the best thing to drink? The berry juice? The vegetable juice? Any of these others. Hmm, a toughie. Ready to vote? Let’s get some advice from the audience. Only got one shot at this… Who thinks the healthiest thing up here is the ginger ale? The water? The cranberry juice? The tea? The orange juice? Tomato juice? Coffee? And how many people think the healthiest thing you can drink ona plane is apple juice? The answer is the tea.

Even without the sugar in the soda and cranberry juice; even without all the sodium in the tomato juice. Tea has all the water of water but also has more antioxidants than anything else on that drink menu. And you get a bonus, if you ask for it a lemon wedge and eat the whole thing peel and all.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on beverages. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!

For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: The Best Foods: Test Your Nutrition Knowledge and Is Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on beverages. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please check out my associated blog post The Best Foods: Test Your Nutrition Knowledge!

  • viphilli

    Lemon wedges have the tendency to have a significant amount of bacteria on them, especially those that you find in restaurants etc.   I always refuse a lemon wedge when offered unless it is prepared at home.

    • Guest

      OTOH, the acid in lemon juice is a natural antibacterial agent.