Parents today are busy and dining out more often. One thing hasn’t changed, making sure their children eat healthy.
However, restaurants are failing to make those healthy choices, easy. Since 2008, the percent of restaurant kids’ meals that meet expert nutrition standards has only increased from 1 percent to 3 percent. That’s not enough.
Soda is too high in sugar for kids, yet it is usually the beverage served with children’s meals. Drinking sodas and other sugary drinks, like energy and sports drinks, is associated with chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Major chain restaurants prove healthier drink options are possible. Milk, water, or 100% juice should be served with kids’ meals, not sugary drinks such as soda or fruit drinks. In fact, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Jack in the Box, IHOP, and Applebee’s have chosen to remove sugary drinks from their kids’ menus.