Is Coffee Right to Drink While Intermittent Fasting?

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People try intermittent fasting for a variety of reasons, including weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity, improved cognitive performance, and hormonal changes.

"Can you drink coffee with intermittent fasting?" is a popular question among persons interested in intermittent fasting or new to the nutritional approach.

As many people rely on their daily cup of coffee to get them going, the inability to consume coffee while intermittent fasting may be a deal breaker for some.

Yes, coffee consumption is permissible during intermittent fasting. This response, however, comes with a major caveat.

During intermittent fasting, you may have black coffee, but coffee beverages containing cream, sugar, or other sources of calories technically break your fast.

Black coffee and other zero- or low-calorie drinks will not significantly affect your metabolism and so should not break your fast.

Black coffee sweetened with stevia, herbal tea sweetened with stevia or another sugar-free sweetener, seltzer, water, etc., are all acceptable alternatives.

One cup (240 ml) of black coffee comprises three calories and trace amounts of protein, fat, and minerals, so even two cups won't cause metabolic changes or break a fast.

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