Take part in Fizz Free February
Could you and your family give up fizzy drinks for February? Taking part in Fizz Free February is a great way to reduce your sugar intake by cutting out fizzy drinks. It can also help you on your way to drinking less sugary drinks for the rest of the year.
How do I take part in Fizz Free February?
To join in, just pledge to give up fizzy drinks for 28 days and tweet us using #gofizzfree. You can also let us know you’re taking part by signing up on our website where you can also fill out a short survey telling us about your fizzy drink habits.
Why should I stop drinking fizzy drinks in February?
Fizzy drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children aged 11-18, and they provide an average of 29% of daily sugar intake. Cutting out fizzy drinks is an easy way to reduce your sugar intake. By committing to going fizz free for the entire month of February, it will make easier to cut down on fizzy drinks for the rest of the year.
Why is sugar bad for my health?
Excess sugar leads to development of unhealthy fat and weight gain, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, some cancers and tooth decay.
What does ‘added sugar’ mean?
Added sugar refers to the sugars that have been added to food and drink to sweeten it. This added sugar has no nutritional value and only adds empty calories to a drink or meal. Added sugar also includes honey, syrups and fruit juice nectars.
How much sugar should I have?
Sugar should not exceed 5% of total dietary energy. This means the maximum daily amount of added sugar are:
|4-6 years||5 sugar cubes||19 grams|
|7-10 years||6 sugar cubes||24 grams|
|11+ years||7 sugar cubes||30 grams|