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It’s About The Food, Stupid
Jack in the Box, the country’s fifth largest fast food restaurant, has stated they will no longer offer toys in their kid’s meals. Also, the chain will begin to offer apple slices as a substitute for French fries in their kids meals.
Jack In The Box is the first national fast food chain to voluntarily get rid of toys in their kids meals. Spokesman for the restaurant Brian Luscomb says, “We’ve offered Kids Meals as a convenience for parents, but rather than promote a toy we’ve focused on the quality of products in our Kids Meals.”
Out With The Toys
Lately banning toys in kid’s meal has been a topic for discussion in states across the country.
Earlier this year, New York City proposed a ban that would prohibit distribution of toys with any meal that has more than 500 calories, 600 milligrams of sodium, and 35 percent of calories from fat.
In California, San Francisco and Santa Clara County have both created laws that stop fast food restaurants from enticing children with toys in meals that do not meet a certain health standard.
An Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Box
The fast food company also started offering Chiquita apple bites with caramel sauce as a free substitute to their french fries and curly fries.
At 70 calories, the new additions meet the nutritional requirements to be considered a “lighter option” according to Healthy Dining Finder.