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Does yerba mate 'break the fast?"

Answered on September 11, 2014
Created October 20, 2012 at 6:03 AM

A lot of people tout coffee and tea during a fast as appetite suppressants. Depending on where you stand, cream, MCT and coconut oil don't negate the positive effects of the fast. But what on yerba mate, which contains a fair amount of carbohydrates and protein (2-4 grams of each per 8 oz, depending on which nutrition label you're reading.) Insignificant or significant enough to negate the ketogenic/autophagic benefits of fasting?

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on October 22, 2012
at 12:59 PM

what amount of carbs and what amount of calories per serve Jake?

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I'm going off of nutrition facts as listed on labels, believing that even the infused beverage contains the carbs. Can you offer evidence that it doesn't?

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:19 PM

The tea bag contains carbohydrates?!

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:35 PM

You aren't eating it, you are drinking the liquid, aren't you? If you are powdering the yerba and mixing it in smoothies or the like - then yes the carbs count, but not as an infused beverage.

Coffee has around 40% carbs, but you wouldn't count that unless you ate the coffee beans.

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on October 22, 2012
at 12:59 PM

what amount of carbs and what amount of calories per serve Jake?

Ba99a15e6bf870b81286791617050593

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on October 22, 2012
at 10:36 AM

I'm going off of nutrition facts as listed on labels, believing that even the infused beverage contains the carbs. Can you offer evidence that it doesn't?

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on September 11, 2014
at 12:40 AM

I heard Joseph Mercola speak at the National Heirloom Festival last night, and he defined a fast as "not ingesting anything with calories".  So by his definition, none of those bulletproof coffee and tea variations would count as a fast. (Not saying I agree, just reporting what he said). 

But seriously, that is so few calories in a bag of tea.  If IF is working for you despite the tea, why worry about it???  If it's not working, try a few weeks without the tea and see what happens. 

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on September 08, 2014
at 06:21 PM

 The box of Yerba Mate I have here says 2 calories per cup.  I probably ingest more calories when I absent mindedly chew on my lip.  I can't imagine that crashing any kind of fast party.

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on January 15, 2013
at 03:08 PM

Insignificant I bet. I drink Bulletproof Yerba in the morning quite often and feel fantastic. Not a scientific response I know, but everyone is different and for me personally I feel like I am in a fasted state no matter what beverage I choose, whether black tea, coffee, or Yerba.

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