Score for healthy eating advocates everywhere!
Burger King has issued a statement announcing that they have removed fountain drinks from their Kids’ Menu boards and will no longer merchandise them as part of their popular kids’ meals, according to The Today Show.
The company will allow customers to ask for the soda to be included in the meal, but instead of the sweet fountain drink, the regular offering will be a choice of 100 percent apple juice, fat-free milk, or low-fat chocolate milk.
“This will help children eat better now, as soda is the leading source of calories in children’s diets,” Margo Wooten, director of nutritional policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a group that has been urging fast food chains to offer healthier menu options, told “Today.”
McDonald’s and Wendy’s have already made a similar change to their own children’s menus.
Advocates believe that removing the sugary drinks from being an automatic inclusion with a kids’ meal will help children get on the path to healthier eating. It could also prevent them from becoming conditioned to the belief that soda is part of every eating out occasion.