Intermittent fasting isn’t new by any means, but it has become more popular in recent years for those seeking a healthier lifestyle. People differ in their approach to this trend, but basically you either fast (skip eating) for 16 hours and consume your meals during 8 hours of the day, or you eat normally 5 days of the week and fast the other 2 days. Proponents of this trend report weight loss, improved blood glucose control, increased muscle growth, reduced inflammation, and a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes. If you’ve been thinking about giving it a try, you may wonder ‘Is coffee allowed during intermittent fasting?’ Read on to find out more.
We love our coffee here at Coffee Mill, not only for the caffeine and flavor, but for the plethora of health benefits it offers. If you’ve decided to give intermittent fasting a try, you’re likely wondering if coffee will break your morning fast. We would love to give you a straight yes or no answer, but it’s not quite that easy.
If you’re only drinking black coffee, you should be safe. A cup of black coffee contains virtually zero calories and the nutrients in your cup of java shouldn’t cause a metabolic change. Many people claim that coffee actually helps to suppress hunger making it easier to fast; however, this claim is not backed up by science. On the other hand, science does confirm that coffee may support fasting as it also reduces inflammation, blood sugar, and the risk for heart disease as well as promoting brain health – just like intermittent fasting.
Now for the gray area. Many of us love our coffee but we aren’t huge fans of drinking it black. It’s generally a no-no to add regular milk and sugar or to consume high-calorie or sweetened drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. However, many people support the addition of one teaspoon of coconut oil, heavy cream, or a splash of nut milk (like almond, cashew, or coconut). There is a segment of people that support coffee additives as long as the calorie count stays under 75 calories, but again, there is no scientific evidence to support that claim.
Does coffee break your fast? Ultimately, it’s up to you whether you include this delicious beverage in your diet while fasting. If it makes you happy, helps perk you up, and makes it easier to get through the day, you are probably safe to enjoy it in moderation.
At Coffee Mill, we aren’t diet or nutrition experts, so of course consult your health professional before beginning an intermittent fasting regimen. But, we are office coffee pros! If you are searching for the perfect office beverage program, give us a call or send us a message and let’s talk!