Does Herbal Tea Break a Fast? [Intermittent Fasting Tips]
If you drink herbal tea in the morning or after dinner, will it break your Intermittent Fast? Today, we're diving into the details on herbal tea and Intermittent Fasting.
Does Herbal Tea Break a Fast?
Whether you're following a true fast or a fasting mimicking approach, herbal tea without anything else added will not break your fast. Herbal tea doesn't contain significant nutrients to block the gut healing mechanism of Intermittent Fasting, called the Migrating Motor Complex (MMC). And because herbal tea doesn't contain any caffeine, you can feel free to sip on this at any time of day during your fasting period. You can check out the perks of a true fast with THIS blog post.
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From a fat burning perspective, herbal tea does not contain any nutrients that will spike the storing hormone insulin. This means that by drinking herbal tea during your Intermittent Fast, you will not turn off fat burning and therefore still reap the benefits of fat burning during the fast. However, once you add in any sugar or more than 1 Tbsp. of heavy cream or half and half, then this will break both types of fasts.
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