Diet & Nutrition

Does tea break a fast?

Intermittent fasting is one of the most talked-about weight loss methods. So, what exactly constitutes breaking that fast? More specifically, is tea allowed? We asked our resident dietitian, Melissa Meier.

Whether it’s the calorie-restricting 5:2 diet (five days of a normal calorie intake, two days are limited to 500 calories) or waiting a little bit longer for your first meal of the day, fasting has dominated the diet vernacular in the last few years.

It can be challenging; nausea, headaches, and dizziness can follow a fast, and we often look for ways of easing the hunger pains without breaking the discipline.

“Intermittent fasting is a relatively new area of scientific research, so the benefits and long-term impacts aren’t entirely understood yet,” says our resident dietitian Melissa Meier.

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“Nonetheless, it can help with weight loss (although it’s no more effective than a calorie-controlled diet) and it has been associated with metabolic benefits, protection from disease and improved gut health.”

Can tea break your fast?

‘Does tea break a fast?’ is the most common fast-related question, but according to our resident dietitian, it depends on how you take your tea as to what the answer to this question is.

“Black tea is virtually calorie-free so doesn’t break a fast (same goes for black coffee),” says Meier.

“Aside from water, it’s a good option during fasting periods as it contributes to total fluid intake and can help to keep you hydrated,” Meier adds.

As long as it doesn’t have milk or added sugar, you’re good to go.