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    Airport Food Improved: More Heart-Healthy Options [PCRM]

    WASHINGTON—In time for holiday travel, nutritionists with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) surveyed 14 of the nation’s busiest airports for the availability of healthy entrées. The report shows that in 2005, airport food has improved from previous years, with 12 percent more airport eateries providing at least one vegetarian entrée that is low in fat, high in fiber, and cholesterol free.

    Chicago O’Hare International Airport flies high in first place this year with a score of 92 percent, rising from fourth place last year and the bottom of the list in 2002. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is this year’s most improved airport with a score that rose from 44 percent last year to 75 percent in the current survey. Las Vegas McCarren International, while improving nine points from last year, still sits on the tarmac with the lowest score, 42 percent.
    Contact Person: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
    Phone: 202-686-2210, ext. 316
    E-Mail: jeannem@pcrm.org
    Website: http://www.pcrm.org/cgi-bin/lists/mail.cgi?flavor=archive&id;=20051102095800&list;=news
       
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    Detailed Information:
    “Holiday travelers facing flight delays or long layovers will at least be able to find healthy vegetarian meals in most major airports,” says Tim Radak, Dr.P.H., R.D., associate nutrition director at PCRM. “As a nutritionist, I know that grabbing a veggie burger can help travelers stay trim and improve their health.”

    PCRM nutritionists evaluated the restaurants in 14 of the nation’s busiest airports, giving 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 health-conscious restaurants by the total number of restaurants.
    AIRPORT SCORE

    1. Chicago O'Hare 92%
    2. Detroit Metropolitan 89%
    3. San Francisco 88%
    4. New York 83%
    5. Dallas/Fort Worth 81%
    6. Denver 78%
    7. Atlanta 77%
    8. Orlando 76%
    9. Newark 75%
    10. Phoenix 75%
    11. Los Angeles 69%
    12. Minneapolis-St. Paul 68%
    13. Houston 46%
    14. Las Vegas 42%


    But even the top-rated airports have significant room for improvement. Some airports have no more than a single healthy choice, and more variety would be good. The best choices are low fat and vegetarian.

    For a copy of the full report or an interview with a nutrition scientist, please contact Jeanne S. McVey at 202-686-2210, ext. 316, or jeannem@pcrm.org.


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