Statement of CSPI senior nutrition policy counsel Jessica Almy
We congratulate Jack in the Box for being the latest restaurant chain to remove soda and other sugary drinks from its Kids’ Combos, joining McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, and Applebee’s which have all made similar moves, along with Subway and Panera, which never had soda on their kids’ menus.
In time, soda on a kids’ menu will seem as anachronistic as an ashtray in a high school. Soda and other sugary drinks promote type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, tooth decay, and other health problems. We hope chains like Chili’s, Bojangles’, and TGI Fridays take a close look at what their competitors are doing and start catching up.