DR. ENDER SARAÇ PUT HIS SIGNATURE TO THE PROJECT OF HEALTHY BEVERAGES FOR TURKISH AIRLINES’ INFLIGHT CATERING. HE TOLD US ABOUT THESE RECIPES FOR COMBATTING THE STRESS, INDIGESTION AND INSOMNIA THAT AIR TRAVELERS OFTEN EXPERIENCE.
How did the Healthy Beverages project come about?
The project was sparked when Turkish Airlines’ Board and Executive Committee Chairman Hamdi Topçu said, “I’d like our company to be number one in beverages as it is in inflight food.” Starting with Topçu, Senior Vice-President for Catering and Inflight Products Ahmet Doğan, Turkish Do&Co Marmara Regional Director Berna Orak, and Customer Product Coordinator Zafer Bilge also got behind the project and put forth a tremendous effort. As a person who loves his country, I undertook the project with no thought of remuneration for my professional services. I would guess that many foreign airlines are going to follow suit and put teas of this type on their menus.
Why are healthy beverages so important?
The research we did shows that people around the world are slowly beginning to learn to eat healthier food but not to drink healthier beverages. The effect of fattening, calorific beverages high in acids, sugar and glucose syrup is far greater than that of the calories we get from food. In that sense the project we’ve undertaken with Turkish Airlines is a very serious social responsibility project. Turkish Airlines, which flies millions of people a year, is going to improve health through these teas.
What sort of beverage menus can our passengers expect to see?
There are hot and cold herbal teas on the menu as well as a beverage specially for children. The beverage menu will be updated every three months in keeping with the season and other needs. We also have a surprise in store during Ramadan. We’ve concocted some beverages that will aid in reducing the discomfort experienced in the evening after iftar (fast-breaking). Our cinnamon and vinegar tea is going to relieve the indigestion our passengers often experience after iftar, and our tamarind tea will make them feel cool and refreshed.
What are the benefits of the children’s beverages?
For the first time in the world we have created a children’s drink that is both healthy and tasty and contains no sugar, acids, artificial coloring, corn syrup or preservatives. It consists of carob powder, bitter cocoa and date syrup mixed with natural fresh milk. This drink strengthens the bones, aids growth, and contains proteins as well as minerals like iron and calcium. If a child doesn’t want to eat on the plane, don’t insist. He will get more than enough nourishment by simply having a glass of this beverage.
Will these beverages only be served during flight?
Our CIP lounges are also going to have healthy beverage corners very soon so that passengers will be able to benefit from their relaxing and curative effects even before they board the plane.