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Airport Food - until reading this today I had never thought about adding Airport restaurants!

Now I will start to look out for places to add!

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Food and Nutrition Author: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Last Updated: Dec 11, 2007 - 3:33:18 PM
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New Report on Airport Food for Holiday Travelers
By Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Dec 11, 2007 - 3:20:08 PM


Dallas, Chicago, and Detroit Top the List of Healthiest Airports, Survey Shows

Washington National and Miami Lag Behind; Las Vegas Is Most Improved



(HealthNewsDigest.com) - WASHINGTON —

Holiday travelers should have no trouble finding a healthful meal in many of the nation's busiest airports, according to an annual report just released by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

PCRM nutritionists found that 82 percent of the restaurants surveyed offer at least one low-fat, cholesterol-free vegetarian entrée, making this the second year in a row with such a high score. The survey—now in its seventh year—examined food served at 15 of the busiest airports in the country.

However, some airports are much better than others. If you're laying over in Dallas, Chicago, or Detroit, you'll have no trouble finding a healthful meal. If you're traveling through Washington or Miami, you'll have to look harder.

"The biggest health issue for travelers is not air safety. It's the cholesterol-laden burgers, fried chicken, and battered fish sticks eaten during layovers that present a much greater long-term threat," says PCRM dietitian Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.

More than 90 percent of the restaurants at Dallas, Detroit, and O'Hare airports offer a healthful option. The figure in Miami is 67 percent, and at Washington National is a dismal 42 percent.

PCRM dietitians 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.

Airport Score Healthy Restaurants/Total Restaurants

1. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport 94% 89/95
2. (tie) Chicago O'Hare International Airport 93% 81/87
2. (tie) Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport 93% 56/60
3. (tie) Los Angeles International Airport 89% 50/56
3. (tie) Newark Liberty International Airport 89% 49/55
4. Denver International Airport 84% 41/49
5. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport 82% 46/56
6. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport 81% 47/58
7. San Francisco International Airport 77% 46/60
8. John F. Kennedy International Airport 76% 62/82
9. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport 75% 33/44
10. Orlando International Airport 73% 29/40
11. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 72% 52/72
12. Miami International Airport 67% 31/46
13. Reagan Washington National Airport 42% 10/24

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.


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    Posted by Tatiana at 12/12/07 14:06:02

    Wow! Good idea! I travel a lot, this could come in handy!

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 12/12/07 20:54:34

    Great post! - I like this para.

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    "The biggest health issue for travelers is not air safety. It's the cholesterol-laden burgers, fried chicken, and battered fish sticks eaten during layovers that present a much greater long-term threat," says PCRM dietitian Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.
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    In Hong Kong airport one place squeezes / sells fresh juices - I will add the details the next time that I fly somewhere.
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    Ho Chi Minh City airport also has a fresh juice place - you have to remember to tell the staff in advance not to dose the juice with white sugar though.

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    Posted by Tatiana at 12/13/07 00:07:13

    Ahh, Johnny quoted a dietitian, I love you!

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    Posted by ehjay at 04/01/18 08:15:48

    I just passed thru the Las Vegas Airport. I found basically nothing vegan. The restaurants were mostly fast food. The couple of ‘fancier’ p,aces (Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo, an Italian joint, and an Asian-fusian place) served nothing vegan at all, except for possibly a salad with cheese, eggs, and dressing left off. There were really no vegan options other than $10 crappy prepackaged couscous or edamame salad, juices, and oil-soaked chips. In short, don’t plan on eating here.

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