Can't handle coconut oil

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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 14, 2013 at 4:21 AM

can't handle coconut oil, but i can eat a whole bag full of this stuff without indigestion


why is that? is it because of the separation?

995 · May 14, 2013 at 4:52 AM

How much of the coconut oil are you eating and how are you using it? That meat is 1/3 coconut oil.

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3150 · May 14, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Maybe it's the dosage? I started taking coconut oil for its supposed benefits and started with a small amount, just to not get very past my daily intake of fats (yep, I still count calories somehow).

I started at one teaspoon and no problem, then I upped to two and also no problem, but one day I had a big tablespoon, near 30 gr or so and I started feeling pretty bad about half an hour after... don't know if it was a coincidence or what but now I try to stick to no more than 25 gr or so, one day on one day off, I've felt no noticeable issues with that amount.

Hope that helps!

3979 · May 15, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Coconut meat is very different from coconut oil. Coconut oil is pure fat--which would make most people nauseous. Coconut meat has protein, carbs, fiber and stuff in it. It's a whole food. Coconut oil is just one element of a food. A slimy one.

0 · May 03, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Your stomach/bowels will definitely let you know how much is too much. I'd just started using Virgin Unrefined Coconut oil on my scalp after going with more natural hair care methods. It was great on my skin & scalp so I tried it as moisturizer for my lips. By ingesting the small amount it'd take to coat my lips a couple of times in a day my stomach was so upset as if I'd drank milk. As I'm Lactose intolerant the 1st thing I did was try to think of anything I could have eaten to cause the painful cramping & diarrhea. The only thing I'd done out of the ordinary was applying the coconut oil to my scalp & skin a day or 2 before & then applying it to my lips a couple of times that day. So it was indeed the coconut oil that was causing such a reaction in my digestive tract. I immediately stopped using it on my lips but continued using it on my skin & scalp with no further problems. Next time may try cooking with it to see if I just can't tolerate eating it at all.

327 · May 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

well i'm eating a spoon full and cooking with it and whenever i eat any of it, my stomach becomes upset. Which is really weird, i can't seem to handle butter that well either. The only thing that i can really eat is olive oil without a problem

627 · May 14, 2013 at 1:49 PM

What do you mean by 'can't handle'? How long have you been trying it for? Whenm I first started paleo coconut oil was the one thing I couldn't eat without getting REALLY bad heartburn that could last for the rest of the day! I just eventually grew used to it. As with carb flu, just stick with it. Although, it did take quite some time. I just noticed one day that I wasn't getting heartburn. My body had finally got used to such a drastic increase in fat. Literally from around 10% max to 80%. Quite a jump.

If you eat too much, your bowels will let you know ;)

995 · May 14, 2013 at 4:51 AM

How much of the coconut oil are you eating and how are you using it? That meat is 1/3 coconut oil.

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