4

Wendy's Removes Soda From Kids' Meals

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

Fast food chain Wendy's is the latest restaurant to start serving healthier options to children.

According to USA Today, the announcement was made by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) , a Washington D.C.-based consumer advocacy organization that provides consumers with health and well-being information.

See also: Rhino Doughnuts Opens Second Location in Boca Raton, Third Coming to Sunrise This Week

In a statement, CSPI senior nutrition policy counsel Jessica Almy said, "Restaurants should not be setting parents up for a fight by bundling soda with meal options designed for kids. Wendy's is taking a responsible step forward that will improve children's health and make it easier for parents to make healthy choices for their children. We hope Burger King, Applebee's, IHOP, and other chains follow suit."

The publicly-traded company has discontinued offering soda as a publicized option for their kids' meals, but will continue to serve sodas on request. That means that official kiddie drink options on the menu board will include water, apple juice, milk, and chocolate milk, but parents can opt to include soda upon ordering their meal.

Of course, a Frosty, Wendy's signature cross between a shake and soft serve ice cream, is also available as a drink option.

Wendy's joins fast food giants like Subway, Arby's, Chipotle, Panera, and McDonald's. According to CSPI, Burger King, Applebee's, and IHOP have yet to hop on the healthy kid bandwagon and continue to offer sugary sodas as a drink option for children.

Follow Laine Doss on Twitter @LaineDoss and Facebook.



Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.