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Why your taste buds crave Ginger Ale when flying

May 14, 2024, 3:56 PM | Updated: May 16, 2024, 9:59 am

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: A view of Seagram's Ginger Ale at the Food Network New York City W...

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: A view of Seagram's Ginger Ale at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One - Backyard BBQ presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Dario Cecchini and Andrew Zimmern on October 16, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

(Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

Ginger Ale will sooth an upset stomach if you aren’t feeling well. It is also one of the best mixers available for alcoholic drinks. But did you ever wonder why so many of us order it while we are flying?

There is some science to it. Air travel affects your taste buds like a cold would. The dry air and low pressure while you are flying make you crave salty, sweet and citrusy.

The flavor profile of Ginger Ale does actually change while you are in the air. For instance, “coffee is more bitter in flight than on the ground, white wines tend to be too acidic,” said Andrea Burdack-Freitag, a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in Germany. “Light dishes such as fish dishes or light sauces are described as being too tasteless.”

With your taste buds struggling to get the full sugary flavor, ginger ale can take on a crisp, dry flavor that you won’t experience on land.

So we crave it for the upset tummy but we also crave it because our taste buds want the crisp flavor while we are in the low pressure.

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