WASHINGTON, Nov 27 — People who feel that they have put on kilos over the Thanksgiving weekend will be relieved to learn that it’s easier than ever to get a healthy meal in airports in the US.
For more than a decade, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has reviewed the food served at 18 of the country’s busiest airports. In its 12th review, the PCRM has found that even if some airports have lost points from year to year, the overall trend is upwards, with more nutritious meals offered to passengers.
A group of dietitians reviewed menus, evaluating each airport with a score determined by dividing the number of restaurants offering at least one healthy option by the total number of restaurants. A meal is considered healthy if it has ingredients low in fat, high in fibre and cholesterol-free.
Only restaurants serving main dishes were evaluated, leaving aside snack kiosks and small coffee shops.
The overall winner this year is Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, with a 92 per cent score as a healthy menu is offered in 56 of its 61 restaurants.
Among the healthy options, passengers can buy falafel sandwiches as well as seaweed salad and vegetable rolls.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport featured as the most improved, jumping from 13th position in 2010 to fifth.
Earlier this year the airport announced the opening of a farmers’ market that offers fresh locally grown food and other healthy snacks to passengers and airport employees.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest airport in the world, with 58 per cent of its restaurants offering a healthy meal, comes in last this year.
Despite its upscale airport sushi restaurant (One Flew South), most of the food consists of southern classics such as fried chicken, fried catfish and macaroni and cheese.