Sugary drinks being removed from more kids menus
According to Consumerist.com, DineEquity, the parent company for Applebee’s and IHOP, removed the sugary beverage options from the kids menus, but adults still have the option of ordering the drinks for their kids. The restaurants now offer only healthier drink options, such as fruit juices and milk, on their kid’s menus.
Dr. Adam Ebreo, a pediatrician with Advocate Medical Group and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., believes this is a step in the right direction for dealing with the country’s obesity problem.
“Removal of high calorie sugary drinks from the kids menu is an excellent idea,” says Dr. Ebreo. “Sugary drinks contain ‘empty’ calories that can add up quickly throughout the day. Rather than just ingesting these calories, it would be better to drink water as a source of hydration.”
Children’s health advocacy groups like MomsRising were also quick to show their approval for the change.
“While we are encouraged by DineEquity and other restaurants taking this important step, we are still reaching for a future where restaurants do even more to offer healthy options for children and adults by serving whole grain rolls, providing more fruit and vegetable options, reducing sodium across the menu, and adopting a comprehensive policy to limit the marketing of unhealthy food to children,” said Monifa Bandele, MomsRising’s senior campaign director, in a statement.
Dr. Ebreo agrees.
“We are constantly bombarded with sugary foods wherever we go,” he says. “Caloric intake can be better spent by eating more fruits and vegetables rather than another sugary drink.”
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