This article explains why logging some liquid intakes while fasting can interrupt the fast.
🍵 Some drinks are just liquid meals
A common misconception among fasting practitioners is that food doesn't really count as food if it comes in liquid form. Nonetheless, a lot of soft drinks (like juice or soda) can contain a substantial amount of calories and/or sugar in them.
Even if you don't treat a can of soda as a meal, your body's digestion system most certainly does. That's why your data will record that your current fast will be interrupted if you have a beverage rich in sugar and/or calories — after all, every fast start and ends with a meal, right? And, as we said, your body will treat some liquid intakes as a proper meal.
How to tell fast-breaking beverages in Simple?
Whenever you log a liquid intake, you will notice that every drink which can break a fast will be tagged with This liquid intake will break your fast!, so you can easily tell them from safe intakes.
During a fast, we highly recommend that you limit your choice of liquid intakes to the following list:
- pure water (or lemon water);
- coffee with no milk and no sugar;
- tea with no milk and no sugar (herbal and ginger tea are also cool).
On sugar-free sweeteners
Diet soda. While diet soda does not technically contain any sugar and thus will not interrupt your fast, we suggest you avoid having it during a fast. Even without added sugar, a sweet drink can trick your body into starting a digestive process.
Sugar substitutes. The same could be said for any natural sweetener or sugar substitute product; it's best to avoid these during a fast.
Now you know which liquid intake may interrupt your fast. Time to move forward!