With February looming, that means it’s almost time to ditch our favourite fizzes for another year of Fizz Free February.
The tooth-saving initiative, which was launched by Southwark Council in 2018, calls on the UK to cut out fizzy drinks for the entire month of February in a bid to slash our sugar intake and improve our health.
With a high-sugar diet being commonly linked to serious health issues such as obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes, forgetting the fizz may be one of the easiest steps to improving our health as it is revealed fizzy drinks are one of the largest sources of sugar in the average UK person’s diet.
Research by GULP has found that drinking just one 330ml can of your favourite fizz a day could add up to over a stone in weight gain per year. Being overweight majorly increases your risk of health conditions such as heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes – with diabetes rates continuing to soar as it is predicted 1-in-10 adults will be living with diabetes by 2030.
Switching out your sip for something smarter like water or a no-added sugar drink could help you to lose weight and decreases your risk of these alarming health issues.
Our favourite thirst-quenchers are also responsible for almost 40,000 tooth extractions yearly, according to Public Health England – and those dentist trips don’t come cheap!
Kicking the fizz may just help you mend your financial health – and no, not just because you will no longer be making those frequent dentist trips. You could save almost £500 A YEAR if you stopped drinking one bottle of soft drink, per day, for a year.
So, will you be making your home a fizz-free zone this February?
Read more about the campaign here.
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