DATA VIZ: Alaska Airlines ranks third place for its healthy food choices

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Airline food often gets a bad rap, but with the right information, you do not have to settle for mediocre food. And according to this year's annual 2016-2017 Airline Food Study, Alaska Airlines ranks third place and receives a Heath Score of 3.75 out of 5 stars.

The study was conducted by Charles Platkin, Ph.D., director of the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College and editor of DietDetective.

Platkin surveyed 12 major airlines’ on-board food and snack offerings for economy-class passengers flying domestic, and awarded each airline a Health Score ranking out of 5 stars.

According to the study, the Health Score is determined by 10 criteria including, “health and calorie levels of meals, snack boxes and individual snacks, improvement and maintenance of healthy offerings, menu innovation and cooperation in providing nutritional information.”

Beating out Alaska Airlines for first place is Virgin America, with a Health Score of 4.25 out of 5 stars. While the “Shame on You” award goes to both Frontier and Spirit airlines, with Health Scores of 1 out of 5 stars, says Platkin.

To read the full study, which details airlines' itemized calories and costs, follow this link.

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