Does sugar-free gum break a fast?

Ask Dr. Jason Fung

Does sugar-free gum break a fast? Is it a good idea to have one cheat day per week?

It’s time for this week’s Q&A about intermittent fasting and low carb with Dr. Jason Fung:

Does sugar-free gum break a fast?

I fast by skipping breakfast. I worry that gum is breaking my fast unintentionally. Everyone says something different!


Technically yes, sugar free gum would not be allowed on a fast. But the amount of sugar alcohol in a stick of gum is so small that it likely makes no difference. If you are doing well with gum, then continue. If you are not getting the results you think you should, then cut it out. But I wouldn’t worry a lot about gum, unless you are eating a lot of it.

Dr. Jason Fung

Cheat day while on LCHF and intermittent fasting

If I am on an LCHF and on alternate day fasting diet, is it better to have one cheat day a week, or not?

Thank you,

It’s not better to have a cheat day unless it allows you to follow a stricter diet otherwise. Some people do well, and others not. I don’t recommend a cheat day in general.

Dr. Jason Fung

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  2. mgmason1963
    I've been told my blood ketones are outside the normal range, being 0.2-0.3 mmol/L 2 hours after a keto meal, and after 60 hours fasting 5.1 mmol/L. I'm also starting to develop urology blockage problems (as shown by an ultrasound). I'm have an appointment to see the urology specialist. Any suggestions Dr Fung?
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  4. Colleen
    Would taking medication of 3 garlic tablets, 125 mg DHEA .and a vitamin D3K2 tablet in the morning break my fast ?

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