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Healthful Airport Meals Are Ticket for Traveling Light

PCRM’s latest Airport Food Review found that the nearly 25 million travelers passing through airports this holiday season can find a healthful meal: 76 percent of restaurants in 18 of the nation’s busiest airports offer at least one low-fat, no-cholesterol meal.

The number of airport restaurants offering healthful foods has increased from 2001, when PCRM’s inaugural airport food review found just 57 percent of airport eateries offering at least one healthful option. Newark Liberty International Airport ranks at the top of the 2012 report for the first time with a score of 92 percent. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson lost 13 points this year and remains in last place with a score of 58 percent.

Airport Score Healthful Restaurants/Total Restaurants
1. Newark Liberty International Airport  92% 56/61
2. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport  91% 49/54
3. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport  90% 52/58
4. Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport  87% 53/61
5. (tie) Chicago O’Hare International Airport  84% 81/97
5. (tie) Miami International Airport  84% 63/75
6. (tie) Orlando International Airport  82% 36/44
6. (tie) Washington Dulles International Airport  82% 32/39
6. (tie) Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport  82% 49/60
7. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport  81% 76/94
8. (tie) Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport  78% 51/65
8. (tie) Charlotte Douglas International Airport  78% 35/45
9. (tie) San Francisco International Airport  77% 53/69
9. (tie) Denver International Airport  77% 47/61
10. (tie) Los Angeles International Airport  76% 38/50
10. (tie) Baltimore/Washington International Airport  76% 29/38
11. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport  69% 24/35
12. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport  58% 45/78

PCRM dietitians surveyed restaurant meals at 18 major airports in more than a dozen states for the report. They gave each restaurant a point if its menu included at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free vegetarian entrée. The final percentage score was derived by dividing the airport's number of restaurants serving health-conscious fare by its total number of restaurants.

Read the complete 2012 Airport Food Review >


PCRM 2012 Airport Food Review

Read the complete 2012 Airport Food Review >

PCRM Online,
December 2012

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