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Bingeing on coconut butter: bad?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 13, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Okay, I've recently discovered the wonders of coconut butter. Not the $14 a jar kind, but the made-at-home-in-food-processor kind. I use Bob's Red Mill unsweetened shredded coconut and a bit of salt. Not sure if it's organic, but it's the only kind I can find. Also, sometimes I'll throw in some macadamia nuts.

Anyway, I'm in love with the stuff and have been doing some reading up on it here on Paleohacks. I've heard more than once that "Coconut Butter is the only thing no one should feel guilty upon binging on", and similar statements. Something about the high saturated fat/fiber content making it so any over-consumption would just "go right through you". Is this true? Can you really not overdo it on coconut butter without consequences, such as weight gain?

It sets of a "too good to be true" alarm in my head--and no binge is a good binge in my binge-prone world. But regardless, I'm still curious.

So what do you think? Feel free to shovel it in by the spoonful? Limit yourself to the recommended 2 tablespoon serving suggestion? I plan on sticking to the latter, until I am convinced that going (coco)nuts over this stuff won't result in me having to widen my doorways and reinforce all of my furniture to handle the increased size of my butt.

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(1101)

on August 15, 2012
at 02:17 AM

Already guilty as charged on those apple slices! I can't wait to dip some in honey for Rosh Hashanah! :D

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 13, 2012
at 10:53 PM

Huh, and here I thought I was breaking new coconut-ground. Thanks, Brad. Good answer.

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 13, 2012
at 06:39 PM

Also a viable option. I...overindulged (definitely no binge, though) on it last night. The thought of it now makes my stomach turn. I'm sure I'll be back to loving it after a break.

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 13, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Amen, MathGirl!

76211ec5301087de2588cfe3d6bccba9

(1178)

on August 13, 2012
at 01:34 PM

it isn't all about calories, though.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on August 13, 2012
at 01:16 PM

A binge of any kind is bad!

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(2043)

on August 13, 2012
at 11:58 AM

agree, I think "bingeing" on anything is a bad idea and perhaps a slippery slope.

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on August 13, 2012
at 03:48 AM

Preach! It's above and beyond.

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 13, 2012
at 03:32 AM

As I suspected. Ah, wouldn't that be nice though? Coconut butter as a free food. *sigh* my dream world would be such a kick ass place.

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 13, 2012
at 03:27 AM

*cough* apple slices *cough* You didn't hear that from me.

5af4bc9d2c390b0bcad9524f149c1b4f

(1101)

on August 13, 2012
at 03:24 AM

I think I like the texture (crunchy) too much. Thankfully it doesn't seem like I enjoy it on chocolate. I'll have to pick up some celery to enjoy it with. Just have to make sure the celery outlasts the almond butter. >.>

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 13, 2012
at 03:17 AM

I discovered almond butter and the whole jar disappeared within 2 days. Yeah, did not repurchase that stuff--too similar to my beloved peanut butter, around which I have no self control. I seem to be better with the coconut butter, though.

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(14952)

on August 13, 2012
at 03:13 AM

For all fats other than that which comes from fatty fish, lean ruminants, and chicken, I limit myself to two servings a day (a handful of nuts, a spoon of nut/coconut butter, a spoon of olive oil, 1/3 of an avocado, etc.) but that is just me. I eat more carbohydrates than most paleohackers though, so... yeah. More than that is binging in my book and something to be avoided. Eating too much coconut butter will make you gain weight. I only add the aforementioned fats in if I'm trying to gain weight too, otherwise I consider them a treat.

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(14952)

on August 13, 2012
at 03:12 AM

For all fats other than that which comes from fatty fish, lean ruminants, and chicken, I limit myself to two servings a day (a handful of nuts, a spoon of nut/coconut butter, 1/3 of an avocado, etc.) but that is just me. I eat more carbohydrates than most paleohackers though, so... yeah. More than that is binging in my book and something to be avoided. Eating too much coconut butter will make you gain weight.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 13, 2012
at 03:11 AM

For all fats other than that which comes from fatty fish, lean ruminants, and chicken, I limit myself to two servings a day (a handful of nuts, a spoon of nut/coconut butter, 1/3 of an avocado, etc.) but that is just me. I eat more carbohydrates than most paleohackers though, so... yeah. More than that is binging in my book.

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63479974b34930b7bedb12afa19083d3

on August 13, 2012
at 03:28 AM

I've found that a lot of people here don't deal with "weight issues" as much as people are just trying to be generally healthy. So, I'm sure the nutrients are incredible for you... and that everything you mentioned is some what true.

However, I deal with "weight issues", aaand I can't eat coconut butter WITHOUT binging on it. I can tell you this, a lot of it isn't good for weight loss. It definitely stalled my weight loss and if I ate too much fat elsewhere throughout the day, I gain the weight. Lose it quickly, but I gain it. Unfortunately, it's not a "free food", if you feel me.

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 13, 2012
at 03:32 AM

As I suspected. Ah, wouldn't that be nice though? Coconut butter as a free food. *sigh* my dream world would be such a kick ass place.

63479974b34930b7bedb12afa19083d3

on August 13, 2012
at 03:48 AM

Preach! It's above and beyond.

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5af4bc9d2c390b0bcad9524f149c1b4f

(1101)

on August 13, 2012
at 03:15 AM

I'd probably limit it just to maintain a healthy psychological relationship with said food (any food, really), but as long as you're not consuming it in lieu of the regular veggies and meats, I don't see a huge problem. Just keep caloric content in mind and be mindful of -why- you're eating it (do your best to avoid emotional eating, for example). Otherwise enjoy.

I've just discovered almond butter and know I'll have to make sure I eat it sparingly or the whole damned jar will disappear in a day! :P

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 13, 2012
at 03:27 AM

*cough* apple slices *cough* You didn't hear that from me.

5af4bc9d2c390b0bcad9524f149c1b4f

(1101)

on August 13, 2012
at 03:24 AM

I think I like the texture (crunchy) too much. Thankfully it doesn't seem like I enjoy it on chocolate. I'll have to pick up some celery to enjoy it with. Just have to make sure the celery outlasts the almond butter. >.>

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 13, 2012
at 03:17 AM

I discovered almond butter and the whole jar disappeared within 2 days. Yeah, did not repurchase that stuff--too similar to my beloved peanut butter, around which I have no self control. I seem to be better with the coconut butter, though.

5af4bc9d2c390b0bcad9524f149c1b4f

(1101)

on August 15, 2012
at 02:17 AM

Already guilty as charged on those apple slices! I can't wait to dip some in honey for Rosh Hashanah! :D

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on August 13, 2012
at 11:40 AM

The fact that your asking means I am sure you already suspect that it is bad. A binge of any kind is really not healthy for you psychologically, and justifying a healthy binge as acceptable just makes you more prone to repeat the behavior. What I have had to do is stop eating my binge trigger foods until I feel like I can get a handle on them.

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(2043)

on August 13, 2012
at 11:58 AM

agree, I think "bingeing" on anything is a bad idea and perhaps a slippery slope.

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963322f175cdd4c5f7d52cc372b3a167

on August 13, 2012
at 05:04 AM

It's all about calories. Do the math.

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(1178)

on August 13, 2012
at 01:34 PM

it isn't all about calories, though.

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:29 AM

i definitely ate a whole bag of shredded coconut yesterday(8 oz) and am shitting pure coconut goodness today. sure cleans out the pipes. i honestly dont understand where my mind goes when i am eating all of this delicious food and why i cant stop when i know ive had too much. damn you deliciousness

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on August 13, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Someone asked a similar question here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/141513/some-newbie-questions-re-coconut-and-exercise-cortisol/141546#141546

My answer below:

I no longer buy coconut butter. I enjoy eating it so much that I can't control myself. If exerting no will power could eat a whole jar in a day. It was causing some undesirable weight gain, so I cut it out completely. Unfortunately for me, coconut products cause the fastest weiht gain for me, and also happen to be my favorite thing in the universe. There's no moderation with me and coconut butter. It just had to go. If will power and weight gain aren't an issue, then by all means enjoy. I never experienced any other negative effects. Large amounts can be a bit tough on digestion. It's incredibly dense and coconut fiber is a bit of a challenge to break down.

For more Paleo Diet hacks: Some newbie questions re coconut and exercise/cortisol - PaleoHacks.com http://paleohacks.com/questions/141513/some-newbie-questions-re-coconut-and-exercise-cortisol#ixzz23R64QY4m

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 13, 2012
at 10:53 PM

Huh, and here I thought I was breaking new coconut-ground. Thanks, Brad. Good answer.

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on August 13, 2012
at 01:43 PM

Indulge! Enjoy! Get it out of your system and then you'll be sick of it....lol.

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 13, 2012
at 06:39 PM

Also a viable option. I...overindulged (definitely no binge, though) on it last night. The thought of it now makes my stomach turn. I'm sure I'll be back to loving it after a break.

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76211ec5301087de2588cfe3d6bccba9

(1178)

on August 13, 2012
at 01:35 PM

i agree with the above that the behavior isn't healthy even if the food is. but i totally understand where you are coming from...i discovered it yesterday and zomg. it is incredible

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