The Applebee's kids menu is getting a major makeover.
According to the nonprofit, Center for Science in the Public Interest, the popular family-dining restaurant chain will be the first company of its kind to remove its soda offerings from its kids' menus. Other fast-food chains like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Subway, Chipotle, Panera, and Dairy Queen have already done the same, but this latest announcement makes Applebee's the initial dining restaurant to make the change.
"Soda and other sugar drinks promote diabetes, obesity, tooth decay, and even heart disease, and a kids' menu is no place for disease-promoting drinks," said CSPI nutrition policy counsel Jessica Almy. "Kudos to Applebee's for taking this important step to promote children’s health."
In 2014, the nonprofit launched a campaign to help encourage chains to completely eliminate soda from the entirety of kids' menus, and DineEquity, the parent company that owns both IHOP and Applebees, has made the change.
"Responsible restaurants are on the fast track toward making soda for kids a thing of the past," Almy added.