So, just what is sugar? That’s a good question! For febfast 2016, we’ve enlisted the help of Accredited Practising Dietician and Nutritionist Rebecca Gawthorne to explain just what sugar is:

Firstly, sugar can be listed under many different names so check the label! Look out for things such as: sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, sucrose, sugar cyrup, cane crystals, cane sugar, crystalline fructose, evaporated cane juice, corn syrup solids and malt syrup. You should be avoiding the lot!

That’s a lot of info to follow so we’ve also prepared this handy Ins and Outs guide to get you through the month. You can download this guide as a PDF by clicking here.

Quitting Sugar

If you’ve been wanting to cut back on sweets, quit sugar or undergo sugar detox, now you have another powerful motive to do so; your efforts can benefit disadvantaged youth. Febfast is a program that encourages and supports people in giving up sugar and alcohol for the month of February in exchange for raising money for kids in need. If you have a sugar addiction and are ready to take action, let the prospect of helping others motivate you to quit sugar for a month and get on track with healthier habits for a lifetime. The febfast sugar detox can be the catalyst for finally overcoming your sugar addiction.

If you’ve got a cake-packed celebration in February, like a birthday or wedding – fear not! We have Time Out passes you can buy to give you a 24 hour window to sneak a piece of cake and maybe even some meringues to enjoy the party.

Sweet alternatives

By cutting out sugar you’ll notice a huge difference. Here are just some of the positive outcomes previous febfasters have reported:

febfast benefits: 62% lose weight, 81% save money, 86% become more aware of how their habits impact their health, 60% are more productive, 44% get better sleep, 85% finish febfast and 100% help improve the lives of young people.