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Chicago O’Hare International Airport offers the second-healthiest food among large U.S. airports, according to a report released Friday.
O’Hare bumped up from fifth place last year into to a tie for second place with Detroit Metropolitan Airport, according to the 13th annual study by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Denver International Airport ranked first, and Atlanta’s main airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest in America, ranked last.
Ranks are based on airport eateries serving at least one plant-based, high-fiber, cholesterol-free entree as an option. At O’Hare, 85 percent of eateries made the cut.
“If you don’t have time to stop by for a fresh salad at Zoot Cafe, Fresh Attractions, or Farmers Market, you can throw Cibo Express’ red pepper power wrap into your carry-on,” the report said of O’Hare. “Before you check in, you’ll also want to check out the chili at Goose Island Beer Co.; lentil and chickpea salads at Argo Tea; or the veggie roll, edamame and seaweed salad at Wicker Park Sushi.”
Overall, 76 percent of restaurants in 18 of the nation’s busiest airports offer at least one cholesterol-free, plant-based entree, according to the report.
The number of airport restaurants offering healthful options, such as leafy green salads, red pepper veggie wraps and black bean burgers, continued to increase from 2001, when the group started the review and found just 57 percent of airport eateries offering at least one healthful option.