And the best drink to order on a flight is...

2014-04-30 13:15
Cape Town – Have you ever ordered a tomato cocktail or a Bloody Mary on a flight and wondered why?

Well, it seems like you might be onto something...

According to a study conducted by the University of Manchester recently, the reason food and drinks on board a flight are never as enjoyable as they are elsewhere could have a lot to do with the constant background noise of the aircraft. 

So much so that it may actually reduce our ability of accurately tasting flavours by up to 30%

CNN reports that there is, however, one beverage that seems to remain rather recognizable and delicious (if it is your kinda thing) on flights – the tomato cocktail, or its cousin with kick – the Bloody Mary.

According to a new study conducted by researchers Charles Spence, Charles Michel and Barry Smith, a key feature of tomatoes is that they are rich in ‘umami,’ which is apparently immune to the effects of aircraft noise.  

Umami? You ask.

Umami is known as the fifth taste we are able to sense, after salty, bitter, sweet and sour, and can be likened best to being ‘savoury.’  

Some of Spence et al’s evidence suggests that umami may actually boost some of the other basic tastes, which could explain why tomato-based drinks are popular on flights.  

Which means that if you’re one of those travellers who likes ordering a tomato cocktail at 35 000 feet, but nowhere else, you have probably intuitively figured out what scientists are slowly starting to discover.

X-men much?! 
Read more on:    flights  |  air travel  |  travel  |  travel international

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