IHOP and Applebee's cut soft drinks from their kids menus

IHOP and Applebee's Cut Soft Drinks From Their Kids Menus
IHOP and Applebee's Cut Soft Drinks From Their Kids Menus

Kids menus are great -- smaller portions for smaller stomachs with a smaller price tag, too.

And now, a healthier change is being made for kids eating at Applebee'sand IHOP, meaning less sugar and calories.

The two chains have pulled soda from their kids menus.

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Children can still order soda; it just won't be listed on the menu.

Studies have said soda may be linked to obesity, so removing the bubbly stuff could help cut the calories for kids.

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Fast-food chains like McDonald'sand Burger King have already removed the options from kids meals, though soda ads are still plastered all over their menus, so it's not really out-of-sight, out-of-mind.

Nearly a third of U.S. adults, around 78 million, are obese, and 17 percent of children 2-18 years old are considered obese -- that's 12.7 million kids.

A study in the journal Obesity found when healthier menu options were available to children, orders of fries and soda decreased and orders of healthier options, like strawberries and milk, increased –– even though the meal was pricier.

Also worth mentioning: Applebee's and IHOP are owned by same company.

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