What You Need to Know About Cold Brew Coffee for Intermittent Fasting

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There are many ways to cut weight. One way that has become popular in recent years is called intermittent fasting. 

Intermittent fasting takes on many forms, but at its most basic, it involves regular, short-term fasts or periods of minimal or no food consumption. In other words, you prolong the period that you do not eat any food or take caloric drinks.  For example, I have been waiting a few hours before having breakfast. 

That is, from the time I have dinner, early in the evening to around about 10 am the next day. That is about 14 hours have gone by. There are even individuals who take it further and only try to eat during an 8-hour window.

Here are the most popular intermittent fasting methods you can try:

Does intermittent fasting work for weight loss?

To most people, intermittent fasting is an ideal weight loss intervention. Fasting for short periods helps people eat fewer calories, which may result in weight loss over time.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman intermittent fasting helps reduce inflammation in the body. By doing so, it makes it easier to lose excess pounds. Besides, when done in reducing windows, it helps in weight loss by allowing insulin and sugar levels to normalize for a long enough period. Keep in mind insulin activates the process of fat storage. So when it is normalized or kept as low as possible, no more fat will be stored and it will be possible to burn the one you already have.

Is it ok to drink coffee while fasting?

Yes, it is ok to drink coffee when fasting, but it has to be black coffee – no heavy cream, no half-and-half, no sweetener, and no coconut milk. However, the best thing about intermittent fasting is that it won’t last forever. So even if you don’t like black coffee, it won’t be long before you switch back to your usual brew.

Try it cold

However, if struggling to sip down bare brew after a prolonged period of drinking your favorite drinks (lattes, cappuccino, etc.), try it cold. 

Nitro cold brew

Nitro cold brew is one of the options to give a shot – it is just black coffee plus nitrogen.  And due to its creamy, texture, and flavor, nitro cold brew is always a suitable option for those used to coffee with sugar and cream. You won’t be breaking your fast with this one, but it may not be readily available to you all the time.

Cold brew

Cold brew is prepared by steeping coarse grounds in cold water for 12 – 24 hours. It is steeped for this long to allow for full extraction. The resulting brew is normally less acidic and easier on the stomach than hot coffee. However, it is worth noting that it has a higher concentration of caffeine than hot coffee or iced coffee – so be careful!

Can you drink cold brew coffee while intermittent fasting?

Yes, it does. Many people who embrace time-restricted eating find drinking tea and coffee helps them keep their energy up through their fasted periods. Adding milk, however, isn’t ideal, and cold brew is generally more palatable black than regular coffee.


Is cold brew coffee OK for acid reflux?

Cold coffee brew is just marginally less acidic than hot coffee, but it contains compounds that can protect the stomach from this acidity. It can cause less painful digestive and acid reflux symptoms than hot coffee.

Which coffee is the healthiest?

Drink black coffee. Black coffee has less than 10 calories per 8-ounce cup. If you want to keep your coffee as safe as possible, consider buying a daily brew without any additional ingredients.

Which coffee is best for weight loss?

Black coffee is a weight-loss catalyst. Includes zero calories, fat, or cholesterol. It contains antioxidants, caffeine helps improve metabolism, and black coffee will make you exercise a little harder while keeping you energized.

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Self-proclaimed coffee drinker. I would, on a typical day, start my day by grinding my coffee with a manual grinder and use a French Press as a starter (2 cups), then a pour-over in the afternoon (4 cups). I had my fair share as a barista but I prefer to drink it, not serve it.