Should Jersey Take Soda Off Kids Menus Like Baltimore Did?
This week Baltimore became the first large city in the United States to ban sugary drinks from children's meal menus. Restaurants now have to offer water, milk, or 100% fruit juice as their default beverage options. Parents can still order a soda for their kids but a restaurant could get fined if they don't first offer those healthier options.
Supporters of the legislation say it's an effort to improve the health of young people. There's a pretty serious obesity problem, as you know.
Many restaurant industry folks don't want the government telling them how to run their business. Fountain soda costs less to serve than single serving bottles of water or juice for example, so businesses might lose money or might be forced to raise prices.
Would you like to see New Jersey take steps towards reducing soda consumption? Or do you think it's fine for soda to be offered to kids?