Monday, December 8, 2014

Best airport for healthy dining options? Baltimore tops new list

Which airport has the best offerings for healthy dining?

According to a new survey by the nonprofit Physicians Committee, it's Baltimore, when it comes to restaurants offering at least one cholesterol-free, plant-based, fiber-packed meal. The study says 92 percents of eateries there have at least one such meal.

Charlotte Douglas came in 16th, with 73 percent of restaurants having at least one "healthy" choice.

The news release from Physicians Committee said, "Menu items that garner healthful points this year include dark leafy green salads, ancient grain bowls, roasted vegetable wraps, Mediterranean- or Mexican-inspired vegetable plates, and gluten-free macrobiotic sushi. Healthful snacks and meals-to-go include portable fruit cups, steel-cut oatmeal bowls, vegetable crudités and cups of lentil soup or black bean chili."

Here are the top rankings, with their "healthy dining" percentages in parentheses:

1. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (92)
2. Seattle-Tacoma International (90)
3. Los Angeles International  (88)
4. Reagan National, Washington area (87)
5. Newark Liberty International  (86)
6. (tie) LaGuardia , New York  (84)
6. (tie)  Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (84)
8. Denver International  (83)
9. San Francisco International (82)
10. Dulles International Airport, Washington area (80)
11. Boston Logan International (79)
12. (tie) John F. Kennedy International, New York (78)
12. (tie) Chicago O’Hare International (78)
12. (tie) Philadelphia International Airport (78)
15. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (74)
16. Charlotte Douglas International  (73)
17. Las Vegas McCarran International (72)
18.  Miami International (69)
18.  Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (69)
20. Dallas/Fort Worth International (67)
21. Orlando International (66)
22. Houston George Bush Intercontinental (65)

23. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International  (52)