Wendy's will no longer display soda as an option on their kids' meals. Instead, healthier beverage options, such as 1% milk, water, and juice, will be advertised on menu boards.
This change is a result of children's health advocate groups urging fast-food chains to make their kids' meals more nutritious. Wendy's is not the first to make the switch—McDonald's agreed to make the same change in 2013—and its policy change will go into effect this year. Subway, Panera, Chipotle, and Arby's also do not display soft drinks on their kids' menus.
But health groups aren't backing down yet—they believe there is still more that can be done. "Wendy's could further improve its menus for children and adults by serving whole grain rolls, offering more fruit and vegetable options, reducing sodium across the menu, and dropping Frostys from the children's menu," according to a statement released by The Center for Science in the Public Interest.
All eyes are now on Burger King— the last of the three major burger fast-food chains to hold out. According to USAToday, "the company is currently in the process of analyzing the removal of fountain drinks from our kids' menu boards."
Although soda may no longer by pictured on menus, parents who choose to order soda with their child's chicken nugget meal will not be turned down. It's up to parents to educate their children about nutrition and good eating habits.
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