Posted by: Catie | November 21, 2008

Finding a healthy meal in busy airports

 More than likely, Syracuse University students — and lots of other people — will be traveling through some of the nation’s busiest airports before and after gobbling down a big Thanksgiving dinner next week. dinner1  

 There’s some good news for anyone still digesting their food: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is reporting that anyone traveling through the nation’s 15 busiest airports should have little trouble finding a healthy meal.

Here are some highlights:

  •  PCRM dietitians found 80 percent of the airport restaurants surveyed offer at least one low-fat, cholesterol-free vegetarian entrée. 
  • Travelers with layovers in Dallas, Detroit or Chicago will have an easier time finding something healthy to eat than anyone in Atlanta, Las Vegas or Washington, all of which the report says “lag far behind.”
  • Ninety-five percent of the restaurants at both Dallas/Fort Worth International and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County offer at least one healthy option.airport2

  “Travelers looking for healthy food should choose vegetarian options, which are naturally low in artery-clogging saturated fat and high in fiber,” Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. and a PCRM dietitian said in a PCRM news release. “Even in the lowest ranking airports, it’s easy to find a bean burrito or a veggie burger.”airport05

 To figure out which airports served healthy meals, PCRM dietitians used a point system. Restaurants received a point if their menus included at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free vegetarian entrée. The final score was calculated by dividing the total number of restaurants in an airport that served health-conscious foods by the number of restaurants in the airport.

Here are the findings

Airport–Score–Healthy Restaurants/Total Restaurants

4. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport–82%–50/61

5. Los Angeles International Airport–81%–48/59

6. Denver International Airport–79%–38/48

7. (tie) Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport–77%–46/60

7. (tie) San Francisco International Airport–77%–47/61

8. Orlando International Airport–76%–29/38

9. (tie) Miami International Airport–75%–24/32

9. (tie) Newark Liberty International Airport–75%–53/71

10. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport–71%–41/58

11. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport–67%–56/83







  1. If anyone is looking for information on the best places to eat at more than 40 airports around the world, PlanetEye asked its local experts for their recommendations –


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