DFW Airport Fares Well in Healthy Food Review

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 PM CDT
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A new report finds Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has some of the healthiest food choices among the country's busiest airports.

The study by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine ranks DFW Airport No. 7 on the 2010 Airport Food Review:

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (84 percent): DFW has seen some ups and
downs in the past few years. The airport tied for first place in 2008, and then dropped a
staggering 18 points in 2009. But this year, DFW started to move back up with a gain of
seven points. The food and beverage manager at DFW has set a high bar for future
concession establishments, requiring they have at least one featured vegetarian menu
item. In the meantime, health-conscious travelers can find a substantial number of
healthful options, including vegetarian sushi from Blue Bamboo Xpress and the Tofusion
Bowl at Ufood Grill.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport received the highest score for the second year in a row. Detroit’s airport is the decade’s most improved, rising from last place in 2001 with a score of 33 percent to its current score of 96 percent.

Each airport’s score was determined by dividing the number of restaurants offering at least one healthful option by the total number of restaurants.

DFW Airport had 80 healthful restaurants of 95 total restaurants.

A restaurant was rated as healthful if it served at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free breakfast, lunch, or dinner entrée.

Facilities that do not serve entrées, such as snack food kiosks and small coffee shops, were not included in the review.

Airport Food Review 2010

Rank Airport Score Healthy/Total
Restaurants
1 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County 96% 52/54
2 San Francisco International 95% 60/63
3 (tie) Houston George Bush Intercontinental 90% 54/60
3 (tie) Newark Liberty International 90% 44/49
4 Washington Dulles International 89% 32/36
5 Denver International 88% 50/57
6 Minneapolis-St. Paul International 85% 56/66
7 Dallas/Fort Worth International 84% 80/95
8 (tie) Los Angeles International 81% 46/57
8 (tie) Miami International 81% 56/69
9 (tie) Phoenix Sky Harbor International 80% 48/60
9 (tie) Orlando International 80% 32/40
10 Baltimore/Washington International 79% 31/39
11 Las Vegas McCarran International 77% 47/61
12 Charlotte Douglas International 72% 33/46
13 Chicago O’Hare International 71% 70/99
14 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International 70% 62/89
15 Ronald Reagan Washington National 67% 22/33

More:  Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's 2010 Airport Food Review

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