Can I Drink Tea While Fasting? Matcha, Herbal? YES YOU CAN
Perks of Drinking Tea While Fasting
Fewer hunger pains. Since the body is used to having a consistent source of calories throughout the day, the cravings that arise during the initial few days, weeks, and even months for some dieters can be a challenge. A specific phenolic compound and antioxidant in tea called catechins may help reduce the production of ghrelin, a hunger-signaling hormone within the body, according to a 2016 study published in Clinical Nutrition.
Increased relaxation. L-theanine, an amino acid found in green and black tea, can help lower stress levels, reports a 2019 study in Nutrients. The habit of brewing a cup and holding a warm mug might help naturally calm you down, too.
More weight loss. A 2018 review in the journal Molecules confirmed that the polyphenols in tea—in particular green tea—could be beneficial for those aiming to lose a few pounds, thanks to the caffeine and a reaction within the gut microbiome that can trigger increased fat burning.
Plain loose and tea bags when brewed in water are commonly accepted to drink during fasting periods. Sweetened teas, tea lattes, any tea with caloric mix-ins—including syrup, honey added milk product, sugar, or juice are considered to break your fast.
For the best health benefits from tea, aim to drink 3 to 4 cups of unsweetened tea each day—fasting or otherwise.
To make it, combine loose-leaf tea (one teaspoon of leaves per eight ounces of water)
Intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone and those who should steer clear include people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have diabetes, or have a history of eating disorders or seizures.