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Wendy’s Nixes Soda from Kids’ Menu

Taking the kids to Wendy’s just got a little easier.
Wendy’s Nixes Soda from Kids’ Menu

Amid pressure from health advocacy groups, the fast food chain will no longer offer soda as an option with their kids’ meal, saving parents everywhere the trouble of having to argue with their children about their drink choices.

Earlier this week, The Center for Science in Public Interest released a statement saying Wendy’s was removing soda from its menu boards. Wendy’s officials say the move is already in effect inside their restaurants, at drive-thrus and on their app. According to a company spokesman, kids’ meals “healthful beverage options” now being displayed are 1 percent milk (white or chocolate), bottled water and 100 percent juice.

“While parents bear most of the responsibility for feeding their children well, restaurant chains also need to do their part,” said CSPI’s senior nutrition policy counsel Jessica Army.

Children’s health advocates have made significant headway in the soda wars. So far, McDonald’s, Subway, Arby’s and Chipotle have all nixed soda from their kids’ menus. (Speaking of: Lose weight by eating at Chipotle.) Only Burger King remained unbowed, but reports the company is “currently in the process of analyzing the removal of fountain drinks from our kids’ menu boards.”

Of course kids can still buy a soda at all the fast-food chains–it’s just no longer listed as an option. And at Wendy’s there’s always dessert–the junior-sized Frosty is still on their kids’ menu–but perhaps not for long if CSPI has anything to say about it.

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