For years, they've pressured fast food giants to change their menus...and won. No more transfats.
Still in their scopes: soda.
MomsRising.org—allied with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)—had been pressuring Burger King to improve the nutritional quality of its kids' meals by removing soda from the chain's kids' menu...and won last March. No more soda on the kids' menu.
Savoring victor, the Senior Campaign Director of MomsRising.org's Food Power project, Monifa Bandale, said:
Parents and families across the country are applauding as one by one,
restaurants are listening to parents and public health experts and starting
to do their part to help keep America’s kids healthy.
Ensuring that our children can make healthy choices is an important part
of raising them. When restaurants offer up sugary drinks as a default
choice, it undermines those efforts. While Burger King is now offering
better default beverages, we need more restaurants to do the same
because sugar-sweetened beverages uniquely promote heart disease
and type 2 diabetes. MomsRising and its members aren’t done yet!
CSPI Nutrition Policy Director Margo G. Wootan chortled:
Soda and other sugary drinks promote diabetes, tooth decay, obesity,
and even heart disease—and have no place on menus meant for little
kids. We applaud Burger King for taking this responsible step forward,
and call upon their franchisees—who operate independently of the
company—to immediately follow suit.
The issue is processed sugar? Really?
Here's what MomsRising.org has accomplished: Burger King has replaced Coke (@ 106 calories/8 ounces) with apple juice (@ 120 calories/8 ounces--"from concentrate with added ingredients") or low-fat chocolate milk (@ 160 calories/8 ounces).
Apparently, the stormy petrels over at MomsRising.com doesn't much care that chocolate milk contains ~2 teaspoons of added sugar (~60 more calories) than unflavored milk.
A "responsible step forward"?
Typical of ideologues...they never allow facts to get in the way of their sacred dogma.
Let the discussion begin...