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Airport Food: Burger King Provides Veggie Burgers, Starbucks Strikes Out

In PCRM’s latest ranking of airport food offerings, San Francisco, for the second year in a row, landed the highest marks with 96 percent of all its restaurants offfering a healthy option. Chicago took a nosedive from last year’s number three ranking to finish at number ten—the airport with the least healthy choices. Scores were based on which restaurants offered the most low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free (that is, vegan) meals.

“While a number of restaurants made healthy changes to their menu, the most significant addition was Burger King’s BK Veggie, a veggie burger which debuted last May. Some airports have as many as six Burger King restaurants, making it much easier to find a low-fat, vegetarian option, even where you’d least expect it,” says PCRM dietician Brie Turner-McGrievy, M.S., R.D.

On the other hand, Starbucks’ line of entirely unhealthful sandwiches tarnished its upscale image.

Airport Score No. of Healthy
Restaurants
Total
Restaurants
San Francisco 96% 25 26
Denver 79% 26 33
Los Angeles 54% 32 59
Dallas 53% 33 62
Houston 50% 16 32
Atlanta 49% 25 51
Phoenix 48% 19 40
Las Vegas 45% 20 44
Minneapolis 44% 20 45
Chicago 42% 25 59

Note: A restaurant was rated “healthy” if it offered at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free entrée. To get the percentage score, PCRM divided the number of “healthy restaurants” by the total number of restaurants.



 


Spring 2003
Volume XII
Number 2

Good Medicine
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