Hibiscus tea is a delicious herbal alternative to caffeinated teas. But will hibiscus tea break your Intermittent Fast? Let's dive into it.
Does Hibiscus Tea Break a Fast?
When determining whether or not something breaks a fast, we need to figure out if it will raise the storing hormone insulin. If something consumed during the fast raises insulin, then it shuts off the plethora of health and weight loss benefits associated with Intermittent Fasting.
The two types of macronutrients that raise insulin are protein and carbs. For this reason, in the Complete Intermittent Fasting Bundle we follow the "One Gram Rule". This rule allows for a small amount of protein or carbs to be consumed during the fast, as long as it doesn't total to one gram. This small amount of protein and carbs should be low enough for most people to still remain in a fasted state.
Pure hibiscus tea is made from dried hibiscus flowers steeped in hot water. If you're using dried flowers or tea bags made with dried flowers (and no other ingredients), then the final product will contain around .5 grams of carbohydrates and around 2 calories. It also doesn't contain any protein or fat.
If you're sticking to one brewed cup of hibiscus tea, you're well under the "One Gram Rule" and therefore won't break your fast. However, things get tricky when you start adding additional ingredients. Remember to steer clear of anything that contains protein or carbs so you don't accidentally break your fast. You can checkout my blog post with a list of 10 things you can add to coffee or tea without breaking your fast HERE.
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