MSP airport food drops on list of healthiest choices

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Not long ago, travelers seeking vegetables at an airport restaurant had few options beyond relish for a hot dog. Healthy choices for travelers have greatly expanded, but a new national survey found meals at Minneapolis-St Paul International are not as healthy as they have been in the past.

The Star Tribune reported that 72 percent of restaurants at MSP offer at least one cholesterol-free, plant-base entree, according to a report from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. That puts the airport in 13th place on the list of food at the nation's 18 largest airports. Last year MSP tied for 8th place.

Denver ranked first in the survey, followed by Detroit, Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles, Reagan National in Washington D.C., Baltimore and Washington-Dulles. Atlanta came in last.

Overall, the nation's airports offer more healthful fare. The survey found that 76 percent of restaurants in terminals offer at least one plant-based option, up from 57 percent when airport food reviews began in 2001. ABC News said the survey looked for high fiber, low fat options. The rankings reflect entrées that include two of the four groups in the Physicians Committee Power Plate: vegetables, whole grains, fruits and legumes.

Newsmax reported that despite the slide, MSP offers fresh and healthy choices for travelers, noting that the French Meadow Bakery and Café "...is this airport’s hub for creative, healthful menu items including black bean chili, roasted beet and pear salad, and grilled tempeh Reubens."

But earlier this month, back by popular demand, McDonald's reopened at the airport.

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