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New Travel Book Features Advice from PCRM Nutritionists

The Travelers' DietWhen the Today show’s travel editor Peter Greenberg realized that airport and hotel food was making him gain weight, he called on PCRM for help. PCRM analyzed healthy food selections at 22 different airports for Greenberg’s new book The Traveler’s Diet.

PCRM’s 2005 airport survey ranked Chicago O’Hare highest for healthy options with a score of 92 percent. Las Vegas’s McCarran International landed at the bottom with only 42 percent. The airports scored one point for each restaurant that had at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free, vegetarian entrée. Then the number of restaurants that received a point was divided by the number of total restaurants to calculate the airport’s final score.

For Greenberg’s book, PCRM went further, providing healthy menu options for individual vendors at 22 airports. PCRM also offered specific advice to travelers on what to look for at airports. “When you choose a vegetarian option, you are not getting nearly as much saturated fat or cholesterol,” PCRM staff dietician Susan Levin, R.D., said in the book. “Those are the triggers for heart disease and obesity.”

Greenberg’s book includes much more than just airport eats. He also analyzes the menus at some of the nation’s top hotel chains and cruise lines. He provides tips on exercising in airport and hotel rooms, and suggests packing apples and water to take on airplanes.

Greenberg appeared on the Today show on June 5 to discuss the book with Al Roker, and Greenberg mentioned how helpful PCRM’s airport food review was to him. The Traveler’s Diet and PCRM’s airport food review have also been covered by several national newspapers, such as USA Today.



 

PCRM Online, July 2006

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