Sugary drinks being removed from more kids menus

Sugary drinks being removed from more kids menus

Full-service restaurants Applebee’s and IHOP recently joined the likes of McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King in removing sugar-sweetened drinks from children’s menus.

According to, 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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  1. I think this is hilarious. I was just at my Advocate Medical office today for an appointment, and there’s a great big Pepsi vending machine in the waiting room! I guess healthy eating is important unless you can make money from unhealthy snacks.

    • health enews sataff December 15, 2015 at 5:27 pm · Reply

      Thank you for your comment, June. Our Advocate Medical Group offices will also be receiving healthier beverages in their vending machines in the near future.

  2. If you are going to remove “sugary drinks”, then juice should be removed, too. It contains just as much sugar as soda and is just as bad for you. Eight oz of Motts apple juice has 120 calories and 28g of sugar. A 7.5oz can of Pepsi is 94 calories and has 26g of sugar.

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