Airplane food does not have a good reputation. It’s been said to be either too bland or too salty. But research shows that a bloody mary actually tastes better thousands of feet in the air.
According to National Geographic, cabin pressure and loud noise heighten our taste senses, particularly our ability to detect umami: the sweet and savory flavors in foods containing amino acids, like tomatoes. Other umami-rich foods include carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes.
In a study conducted by professors at Cornell University, Robin Dando, assistant professor of food science, states that loud noise also affects our tastes. “The multisensory properties of the environment where we consume our food can alter our perception of the foods we eat,” Dando explains.
So, the next time you feel uneasy about flying or just want to unwind, consider ordering a bloody mary (maybe ask for a splash of pineapple juice, too), because it will taste better in the air.