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Does MiO Break a Fast?

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Kasparas Aleknavičius, MD November 14, 2022

If you’re not a big fan of plain water, you might be searching for alternative drinks that are healthy but also have some flavor. Perhaps you prefer something sweet? This is where a flavor enhancer MiO comes in handy.

While intermittent fasting, it’s important that no food or beverages that you decide to consume will break your fast. This article will cover all you need to know about MiO, and whether it’s safe to drink while fasting.

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What Is MiO, and Can You Drink It Regularly?

MiO water is a sugar substitute for your drink. In addition to that, MiO water enhancers give flavor to your water without adding calories. Each version has these main ingredients:

  • Sucralose – is a non-nutritive sweetener that’s used in a variety of foods and beverages.
  • Citric acid – can be found in various fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits. For instance, lemon juice contains 7-9% of citric acid.
  • Sodium Citratethe sodium salt of citric acid. It has a sour taste similar to citric acid.
  • Gum arabic – the gum that some trees, such as the Acacia Senegal tree, release. It contains dietary fiber. The gum makes you feel full, which helps with weight loss and to reduce cholesterol levels.

Many people use artificial sweeteners such as MiO to increase their water intake. Flavored water is more enjoyable and can be consumed while intermittent fasting without interfering with weight loss.

One bottle of MiO contains 10-24 servings. The serving size is ½ teaspoon of MiO and 8 ounces of water. You can mix different flavors. Moreover, you should use artificial sweeteners within 30 days after opening.

You can also drink this flavor-infused water throughout your eating window. It offers a wide range of flavors – lemonade, black cherry, iced java, acai berry, and so on.

MiO is also advertised to provide approximately 10% of your daily need for vitamins B3, B6, and B12.

But should you drink MiO water regularly? It might be safe, but there is no question that plain water should always come first. MiO water, just like other artificial sweeteners, can have specific adverse side effects.

Sodium citrate and citric acid are safe when used in normal quantities.

Will MiO Break Fast?

MiO has zero calories, hence, no carbs or protein. As a result, your flavored water won’t cause an insulin response. Fasting decreases insulin levels, triggering a fat-burning state. This implies that MiO will not break your fast.

MiO is a liquid “water enhancer” made of water, citric acid, sucralose, gum arabic, and sodium citrate. It contains less than 2% of natural flavor. There are 4 versions in total:

  • MiO Original
  • MiO Energy
  • MiO Vitamins
  • MiO Electrolytes

Therefore, you can consume this water enhancer when intermittent fasting.

A person should drink 8-15 glasses of water a day. Some people drink still water, others sparkling water. Some people require flavoring in order to intake the recommended quantity of liquid daily.

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Possible Health Benefits

As mentioned above – MiO may help you drink more water throughout the day and lower the risk of dehydration. But there are more possible health benefits that all depend solely on the ingredients:

  • The water enhancer contains Stevia, which is a plant-based sweetener. It can reduce appetite yet without increasing post-meal blood sugar levels.
  • Drinking caffeine or vitamin versions can boost your energy.
  • MiO electrolytes version can be beneficial for intense workouts and ensuring that you stay hydrated.
  • Gum arabic can make you feel full, which helps with weight loss.

As a result, the MiO-enhanced water can be beneficial to consume when intermittent fasting.

Possible Side Effects to Be Considered

You now know that Mio does not break your fast and that it’s relatively safe. However, there are some possible side effects to consider:

Again, keep in mind that all side effects depend entirely on the ingredients. Sucralose has the greatest health risk since the ingredient can only be partially digested and can reduce the beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Besides that, it’s the primary sweetener used in MiO.

In addition, some studies suggest that Ace K (acesulfame potassium) can harm cognitive function. Luckily, there are various fasting-safe drinks that you can choose instead, to avoid these adverse effects.

Fasting-Safe Drink Alternatives

In this part of the article, we’ll go over some fasting-safe drink alternatives that can even enhance the advantages of intermittent fasting:

  • Lemon water – 1 oz of lemon juice contains 7 calories. While this amount of calories would break a medical fast or a Ramadan fast, it’s entirely safe for intermittent fasting. Lemon water has plenty of vitamin C and promotes weight loss.
  • Herbal tea – 1 cup of herbal tea without any additives has approximately 2.4 calories. Herbal tea can help to enhance your immune system, improve your cardiovascular health, and reduce inflammation.
  • Coffee – 1 cup without milk or sweeteners has about 2.4 calories. Plain coffee contains various vitamins and minerals, such as potassium and magnesium.

There are several beverages to choose from during intermittent fasting. Therefore, you can shift water into something equally as healthy, but with some additional, natural flavor.

Answer Your Intermittent Questions With DoFasting

There are plenty of types of intermittent fasting. Figuring out which type is the best for you can get tricky. This is why having the right tools and easily accessible information is essential.

DoFasting has a blog where the nutrition and wellness experts who develop the products answer the most common questions of all fasters.

Another valuable tool for your intermittent fast is the DoFasting app. It provides an easy-to-use fasting tracker and monitors your water and calorie intake. In addition, you will find numerous exercises and food recipes, together with professional tips.

The app will automatically guide you on when and how to break a fast. Moreover, the app offers everything you need in one place and can be used by both beginners and experienced fasters.

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Conclusion

You can enjoy MiO water without breaking your fast. MiO is a healthier option than sugary drinks like soda.

MiO might help control hunger, boost your energy levels and help make sure you stay hydrated. However, drinking MiO isn’t necessary, and water without any additives should always be the ultimate choice.

Author

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Kasparas Aleknavičius, MD
  • Head of Medical Affairs at Kilo Health
  • Medical Doctor at Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • Partnering with the EU-funded Young50 and EUPAP projects

Kasparas Aleknavicius is a medical doctor that graduated from Vilnius University, working as head of medical affairs at Kilo Health. After nearly 5 years in the industry, Kasparas focuses on digital health and is looking for innovative ways to help people lead healthy lifestyles through digital health and wellness platforms.

You can find Kasparas on LinkedIn and follow his latest research on Medium.

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