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Airports Increasing Healthful Meal Options

healthy vegan meals at airportsPCRM’s 10th annual airport food review found healthy vegan meals at many of the nation’s airports. Hungry travelers can find heart-healthy food in most airport terminals, with 82 percent of restaurants in the nation’s busiest airports now offering at least one low-fat vegan meal. That is a steep increase from a decade ago, when PCRM’s inaugural airport food review found only 57 percent of airport eateries offered at least one healthful option.

But nutritious choices are still hard to locate in some of the biggest U.S. airports, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Chicago O’Hare International, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

PCRM dietitians surveyed restaurant meals at 18 major airports. Detroit’s Wayne County Airport took top honors, with 96 percent of its restaurants offering at least one healthy option. Read the complete report >

Airport

Score

1.  Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

96%

2.  San Francisco International Airport

95%

3. (tie) Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

90%

3. (tie) Newark Liberty International Airport

90%

4.  Washington Dulles International Airport

89%

5. Denver International Airport

88%

6. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

85%

7. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

84%

8. (tie) Los Angeles International Airport

81%

8. (tie) Miami International Airport

81%

9. (tie) Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

80%

9. (tie) Orlando International Airport

80%

10. Baltimore/Washington International Airport

79%

11. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

77%

12. Charlotte Douglas International Airport

72%

13. Chicago O’Hare International Airport

71%

14. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

70%

15. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

67%


Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Gaining Steam—and Steamed Veggies

Peter Barwinkel, director of food and beverage operations at Dallas/Fort Worth International AirportPeter Barwinkel is passionate about healthful food. As the director of food and beverage operations at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, he is proactive in ensuring that every traveler can find a healthy plant-based meal choice.

Barwinkel isn’t waiting for restaurants to decide to add healthful options on their own. Instead, he is requiring that all restaurants include at least one vegetarian option as part of a terminal renovation project. He also encourages restaurants to use healthy cooking methods such as steaming or baking.

Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport already has a solid score in PCRM’s report and will likely gain more momentum as the airport works to meet customers’ preferences for healthier options.



 

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