No soda with children's meals?

Dec 08, 2017

Rep. Rebecca McBeath is sponsoring a 2018 bill, HB 1668, that would prevent restaurants from offering soda as part of children's meals, instead limiting choices to beverages such as juice, milk and water.  Read more about this issue

“Should NH require restaurants to offer healthier drinks - not soda - with children's meals?”

Discussion held on Citizens Count NH website and Facebook page November 16, 2017

259 citizens opposed to healthy drinks requirement12 citizens in favor of healthy drinks requirement24 citizens said other

What Participants Said

No: 259 people were opposed to requiring restaurants to offer healthier drinks, not soda, with children’s meals.

  • “No. It should be the parents’ decision and most restaurants offer alternatives such as water, milk, or juice.”
  • “Here's an idea, stop regulating parenting. It's their responsibility to look after their children, no one else's. No.”
  • “No, the free market is already doing that. Even McDonald's already offers milk and apple slices instead of soda and fries with kids meals.”

Yes: 12 people were in favor of requiring restaurants to offer healthier drinks, not soda, with children's meals.

  • “Of course. Soda has no place in a child’s diet. Ever.”
  • “It should be common sense. Soda sucks for kids, period.”

Other: 24 people commented on related questions and issues instead. 
These included:  

  • Sharing personal experience: “Where I work we give healthy alternatives. You don't have to have soda.”
  • Healthiness of various beverages: “Juice isn't healthy unless there's no sugar added (pretty much never the case).”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

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Related Bill

HB 1668 (2018)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Feb 14, 2018

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