Starting September, Dairy Queen will stop providing sugary drinks for children’s menus. This measure was taken as a consequence of both the heath authorities’ suggestions and parents’ wishes to keep their children healthy.
The entire health community strongly frowns upon fizzy sugary drinks, especially when they are administered to children. They have been proven to cause quite a serious dependency rate and they constitute strong causing factors of obesity and diabetes.
Therefore it comes as no surprise that parents want to keep their children as healthy as possible and that it would make their day so much easier if they do not have to explain to their sugar-loving kids why they will not get any soda with their meal.
If the only options are water, tea and milk, there is no argument to be had, and the family’s stay at Dairy Queen will prove to be a much happier one.
Moreover, there are several other family friendly restaurants such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Wendy’s and Arby’s who have stopped offering the option of soda to kids’ menus have gained considerable popularity among the parental community.
And Dairy Queen seems to want a part of this popularity, as they have announced that starting September 1st 2015 they will only offer health beverages for children. Even the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) are applauding Dairy Queen’s initiative
“Dairy Queen deserves credit for being responsive to the concerns of parents, who increasingly want to be able to order off the kids’ menu without having to say ‘no’ to soda,” said Margo G. Wootan , nutrition policy director of CSPI.
The line of requests for restaurants however does not stop at sugar content, but goes much further. The community of MomsRising.org is asking restaurants to further change their children’s menus so that they include more fruit and vegetable dishes, replacing regular bread with whole-grain products and ultimately lowering the amount of sodium in their products.
All of these requests are in line with what is being asked from schools to provide in the food served in cafeterias and has the potential of accustoming the child with a healthy diet plan from a small age and therefore preventing long term nutrition related diseases.
With Dairy Queen added to the list of restaurants that offer soda-free kids’ meals, the parents of America have yet another option for the meals they have in town. It is expected that many other franchises will join their cause for sugar-free children’s meals and that more modifications will be made in the future.
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