Does flavored coffee break a fast? Ah, the million dollar question in my house because, well, I don’t like plain black coffee! I don’t know about you, but I like to enjoy my morning coffee with some coffee creamer. If you are not a fan of black coffee, but you also want the benefits of intermittent fasting, keep reading.
Does Flavored Coffee Break a Fast?
So, for my fellow coffee lover, can you add a little flavor to your coffee without breaking your fast? The answer is yes, but within certain limitations. There are ways to flavor your coffee while fasting, but they may not be the ways that you currently enjoy (like me, who likes a little coffee with my creamer). When you are in your fasting state, adding things such as creamer, milk, or anything with calories and extra grams of sugar will break your fast.
Another big no-no when it comes to intermittent fasting and flavored coffee is getting your coffee from a coffee shop. Unless you are getting your coffee black, going to a coffee shop is not a good option while fasting. They will add things that have tons of calories and artificial sweeteners / artificial flavors to make your coffee taste good, which will take you right out of your fasting window. I know, boo hoo.
If you absolutely can’t stand your morning cup of coffee to be straight black, opt for a milk that is under 30 calories, and be sure to take into consideration the portion size. Drinking too much coffee can bring on negative effects such as, increasing your cortisol response, digestive issues, and impairing blood sugar levels. So, if you don’t love the taste of coffee or if you don’t need it to function, you don’t have to try to add it to your diet just for the benefits.
Ways You Can Get Flavored Coffee During a Fasting Period
Flavoring your coffee during fasting can be done in various ways that won’t necessarily break your fast or interfere with its benefits. Here are some ideas:
- Plain Spices: Adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa powder to your coffee can provide flavor without adding significant calories. These spices can enhance the taste of your coffee without breaking your fast.
- Sugar-Free Sweeteners: If you prefer a sweeter coffee, you can use sugar-free sweeteners like stevia, erythritol, or monk fruit. Be cautious with artificial sweeteners, as some people find that they can cause an insulin response in some cases, which might slightly affect fasting goals.
- Vanilla or Almond Extract: A drop or two of vanilla or almond extract can add a pleasant aroma and flavor to your coffee. Make sure to use extracts without added sugars.
- Herbal Teas: Brewing a caffeine-free herbal tea (like chamomile, peppermint, or rooibos) and mixing it with your coffee can add depth to the flavor without compromising your fast.
- Unsweetened Nut Milk: If you’re not doing a strict water-only fast, you can add a small amount of unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, or other nut milk to your coffee. Be mindful of the calorie content and the ingredients to ensure it doesn’t contain added sugars or unnecessary additives.
- MCT Oil or Coconut Oil: Adding a small amount of MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil or coconut oil to your coffee can provide a creamy texture and a dose of healthy fats. Some people find that adding fats helps with satiety during fasting.
- Fruit Flavored Extracts: Using fruit-flavored extracts like raspberry, strawberry, or orange can give your coffee a fruity twist without adding sugar or calories.
- Cold Brew with Natural Flavorings: If you’re a fan of cold brew, you can experiment with adding natural flavorings like slices of citrus fruits, cucumber, or mint leaves to your cold brew coffee.
Remember that the key during fasting is to avoid significant calorie intake that would stimulate an insulin response. While these suggestions should generally be safe during fasting, it’s important to listen to your body and see what works best for you. If you’re concerned about how certain flavors might affect your fasting goals, it’s a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
This is a lifestyle that focuses on when you eat instead of what you eat. The idea behind intermittent fasting is to have fasting windows and eating windows with the goal of tapping into your fat storage. When you are in your fasting period on an empty stomach, your body is actually exhausting your stored sugar and burning your fat.
However, in your fasted state, there are very few things that you can consume that will not take from the benefits of fasting. Putting your body in a fasted state multiple times a week is a good choice for anyone looking to lose weight and it has many positive effects on the body as well as the immune system.
My husband lives by intermittent fasting because of the health benefits you can get from this lifestyle. Intermittent fasting helps reduce inflammation in the body, can help you lose weight and shed fat, reduces the risk of different conditions and diseases and so much more.
If you experience any negative side effects from fasting, always seek your healthcare provider. You should also consult your doctor prior to following an intermittent fasting plan just to be sure it is a great option for you.
Benefits Of Drinking Coffee While Fasting
Coffee drinkers can really benefit from intermittent fasting as it has a ton of benefits. That morning cup of joe that you are craving will actually help give you an energy boost and provide you with many other benefits for your overall health. Below are some of the ways your coffee intake can be a great way to target issues with your health:
1. Helps With Inflammation
The high levels of antioxidants that you get with your coffee consumption help a ton with inflammation in the body. Many chronic diseases are associated with inflammation so drinking coffee plus doing intermittent fasting can really help.
2. Improve Brain Function
The caffeine in coffee has a significant impact on mental clarity and brain function. The good news about drinking coffee is that even a small amount can really help stimulate your nervous system and reduce the risk of mental decline.
3. Improve Metabolic Health
Drinking coffee helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
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