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NEWS RELEASE November 20, 2006

Airport Food Continues Upward Trend Toward Better Health, Doctors' Survey Shows

Healthy Vegetarian Options Now Widely Available; Orlando Flies High in First Place; Houston Is Most Improved

WASHINGTON—Holiday travelers can now look forward to healthier airport food, according to a new report by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). A survey of 13 of the busiest U.S. airports shows that the quality of airport food is rising, continuing an upward trend. Eighty-eight percent of all the restaurants surveyed offer at least one vegetarian entrée that is low in fat, high in fiber, and cholesterol-free, representing a 13-percentage-point increase from 2005. Eleven of the 12 airports from last year’s report improved their score.

Orlando International Airport landed in first place, moving up from eighth place in last year's report. Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport won the honor of “most improved,” with a score of 76 percent, compared with just 46 percent in 2005. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport came in last place for the third year in a row, despite making a 27-point improvement over last year.

“Travelers looking for healthy food should choose vegetarian options, which are naturally low in fat and high in fiber,” says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., a PCRM dietitian. “Even in the lowest ranking airports, it’s easy to find a bean burrito or a veggie sandwich.”

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

1. Orlando International Airport

97%

2. (tie) Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

96%

2. (tie) San Francisco International Airport

96%

3. Newark Liberty International Airport

95%

4. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

94%

5. Chicago O’Hare International Airport

91%

6. Denver International Airport

89%

7. Philadelphia International Airport

86%

8. (tie) Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

84%

8. (tie) Los Angeles International Airport

84%

9. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

83%

10. Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

76%

11. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

69%

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



Media Contact:
Jeanne S. McVey
202-527-7316
jeannem@pcrm.org 

Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.
Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.

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