Dental erosion, obesity, a huge carbon footprint – there's never been more reasons to take on Fizz Free February.
Kicked off by Sugar Smart, the campaign looks to significantly reduce sugar intake and encourage new habits.
Fizzy drinks are currently the biggest single source of sugar for children aged 11 to 18 years old.
On average, they provide 29% of daily sugar intake with the majority containing six or more teaspoons of sugar per can.
According to the campaign website, if everyone in England halved the maximum intake of sugar, in five years we could save the NHS £500m annually.
Why are fizzy drinks so bad for your health?
There are a number of reasons why Fizz Free February is worth a go. Associated health issues include:
- Tooth decay
- Unhealthy fat and weight gain
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
- Higher risk of stroke and some cancers.
How do you get involved?
All you have to do is pledge to give up fizzy drinks for all of the 28 days within the month of February. Simple!
If you are after an even bigger challenge, there are plenty of other food and drink items with a high sugar content that you may also look to give up. For example fruit juice, table sugar, biscuits, buns, cakes, pastries, puddings, breakfast cereals, sweets, chocolate and ice cream.