Can You Drink Tea While Fasting?
Coffee is the beverage of choice for many fasting protocols, but what about tea? Can you still enjoy a cup of tea while fasting? The answer is yes – with a few considerations.
Does Tea Break a Fast?
Technically, drinking tea, whether black or with a bit of natural sweetener, does not break a fast. Fasting protocols involve the abstention of any food or calorie-containing beverage. Drinks such as coffee, herbal teas, and water do not contain calories and therefore do not break a fast.
Which Teas Are Best for Fasting?
Most teas are acceptable choices while fasting, with a few exceptions. Generally, stick to straight-up tea and away from teas with added sweeteners, citrus, or spices. Here are some of the best fasting-friendly tea choices:
- Green tea: Green tea is rich in antioxidants and has been linked to several health benefits, from improved digestive health and fat loss to lowering the risk of heart disease.
- Black tea: Black tea is another popular favorite and can be a good way to get a bit of caffeine in the morning.
- Herbal teas: Herbal teas, such as chamomile, ginger, rooibos, and peppermint are also excellent choices while fasting. Just make sure they don’t contain added sweeteners or spices.
These teas contain very few, if any, calories, making them safe choices for any fasting protocol.
Limitations of Drinking Tea While Fasting
While drinking tea does not technically break a fast, it can still have an impact on your fast. Caffeinated beverages, such as black or green tea, can increase alertness and provide a boost of energy. This can help you stay focused and productive during long fasts, but it may also reduce your body’s chemosensing ability, making it harder for your body to get into a state of ketosis, or fat burning.
In addition, some teas, particularly caffeine-containing teas, may cause an adverse reaction in some people, including headaches, dizziness, nausea, and anxiety. Be aware of your body’s response to any beverage, and adjust accordingly.
Drinking tea while fasting is generally safe, as long as it is unsweetened and doesn’t contain added spices or flavorings. Be mindful of your own body’s response to any tea consumed, and avoid any teas that don’t sit well with you.