Major restaurant chains IHOP and Applebee’s have announced that they shall be removing soda as default option in its kid’s menus. The decision has been welcomed by several organizations aiming to make kids’ meals more nutritional.
One such organization, MomRising, has declared its support for IHOP and Applebee’s owner DineEquity for making a more nutritional choice when it comes to serving kids. The group says that removing sugary sodas is a very important step towards making America’s kids healthier. According to the American Heart Association, almost one in three young people are at risk for nutrition-related diseases, including high cholesterol, high-blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Serving sugary beverages like soda puts kids at greater risk of falling ill with such diseases.
Aside from IHOP and Applebee’s, other major restaurant chains that have decided to remove sodas as a default option on their children’s menus include Subway, Chipotle, Panera, Arby’s, Wendy’s and McDonald’s. Meanwhile, MomRising is also hoping that these restaurants and others would do more for kids by providing healthier options, which would include fruit, vegetables and whole grain rolls.
At the same time, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) also said that its members have submitted a shareholder proposal to the management of DineEquity to request its Board of Directors to issue a report regarding the company’s nutritional initiatives. As a result of “productive dialogue” with DineEquity, however, ICCR said the resolution was withdrawn.
There are currently over 3,600 Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants located in 18 countries.