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.