Sugar Free February – can you go without sugar this month?

sugar free februaryCancer Research UK has launched ‘Sugar Free February’ for the second year running to help raise money for the charity.

Launched in February 2017, the campaign asks participants to give up all sugars for a month.

Cancer Research UK claims reducing sugar can help people avoid putting on extra weight, which can cut the risk of 13 types of cancer, there are obvious oral health benefits too.

‘Sugar Free February is a new addition to our fundraising portfolio, inspired by the success of existing campaigns where we ask people to get sponsored to give something up to raise money for our life-saving research,’ Sarah Pickersgill, head of fundraising products at Cancer Research UK, said at the launch last year.

‘We know people love a real challenge and this one is perfect for those that are prone to a sweet tooth.

‘As well as being a fantastic way to fundraise, it sits in line with our health messaging around reducing sugar intake to help combat obesity – one of the biggest preventable causes of cancer.

‘We’re confident there will be a good appetite for giving up sugar and hope the campaign will bring us one step closer to beating cancer sooner.’

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Sugar Free February top tips

Cancer Research UK has listed its top tips to help participants stay sugar free in February.

Its tips include:

  • Try to make your meals and snacks from scratch so that you know exactly what’s in them
  • A quick look at the labels on food and drink packaging will let you know whether sugar has been added
  • Try sticking to water, milk, tea and coffee (without sugar added) for drinks, and nuts, cheese, vegetables, and sugar-free rice cakes for snacks.
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