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DIA now has the healthiest airport food in the country

DIA now has the healthiest airport food in the country

When you think of snacking at Denver International Airport, you may think of Panda Express or Burger King. But according to the latest annual study by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, DIA now has the healthiest airport food in the country, and tops the list for the first time in a decade.

See also: Elway's ready to fly at DIA today

Last year DIA ranked only ninth, but this year it's number one. According to the study, today there are plenty of options for the health-conscious at DIA, including a wrap from Itza Wrap! Itza Bowl!, a barley burger from Boulder Beer Tap House and a few of the vegetarian options at City Wok. (Not on that list: the chicken-fried steak breakfast burrito at Elway's.)

According to DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery, the airport has been making a "conscious decision" to offer a variety of choices for travelers. "We're bringing chef-driven concepts and healthier options," Montgomery says. "We know that passengers want variety, and we've been listening to the needs of those passengers."

Over the next few years, almost 75 percent of the concessions will be changing due to expiring contracts, he adds, so passengers will see more variety and more health-friendly options in the future.

Tied for the number two spot were Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Chicago O'Hare International Airport. In last place was Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AIrport, with just 53 or their 103 in airport eateries offering healthy options.

Here's a full list of the restaurants currently at DIA:

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Boulder Beer Tap House

Burger King

Candy Shoppe

Cantina Grill

Caribou Coffee

Chef Jimmy's Bistro & Spirits

City Wok

CofTea Shop

Colorado Sports Bar

Crú Food and Wine Bar

Dazbog Coffee

Denver ChopHouse

Domino's Pizza

Dunkin' Donuts

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Elway's

Heidi's Brooklyn Deli

Hope's Country Fresh Cookies

Itza Wrap! Itza Bowl!

Jamba Juice

KFC Express/Pizza Hut Express

Lefty's Colorado Trail Grille

Lefty's Front Range Grille

Lefty's Mile High Bar & Grill

Lounge 5280 Wine Bar

McDonald's

Mesa Verde

New Belgium Hub

New Belgium Spoke

Pizza Hut Express/Haagen Daz

Panda Express

Pour La France!

Que Bueno! Mexican Grille

Quiznos/Blue Sky Bar

Red Rocks Bar & BBQ

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Rocky Mountain Coffee Café

Root Down

Schlotzsky's

Starbucks Coffee

Steak Escape

Subway

TCBY Frozen Yogurt

Taco Bell Express

Tamales by La Casita

Timberline Steaks & Grille

Udi's Café and Bar

Vertical Mile Market

Villa Pizza

Vino Volo

Wendy's

Wolfgang Puck

Woody Creek Bakery & Café

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