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Feeling sick when eating coconut milk

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 09, 2011 at 8:03 AM

I drink a can of coconutmil kevery day. I think it is an easy way to get my calories as well as it tastes very good. But I often feel a little sick after eating it. Should I still eat it and ignore the sick feeling afterwards?, maybe my stomack get used to it after time? Or Is this a sign I should quit drinking it? What would you do? As I mentioned I think its hard to get enough calories otherwise, and I dont want to loose weight..

5d6a58590ba76136e8dc50c561c8ada2

(450)

on July 31, 2011
at 08:44 AM

hmm i just eat the coconut butter straight, but will give this idea a try :)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 09, 2011
at 06:05 PM

Yes, that is correct. Oops!

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 09, 2011
at 06:04 PM

ehh..Well you know, global warming;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 09, 2011
at 04:51 PM

I did not know they had coconut trees in BOTH Norway and Sweden!

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on June 09, 2011
at 04:30 PM

Well the stuff is not sweetened at all, it tastes slightly sweet just from the fat but that is it. You can put a shake of stevia in it if you need it sweeter, but I enjoy it as-is, and it is nearly guilt-free. When drinking it warm, it doesn't take much booze to give it flavor, so you can have a treat with about 1/2 ounce of alcohol.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 09, 2011
at 02:53 PM

Oh sounds good with a little splash of rum our bourbon. Definitly going to try that out as a cheat meal some time :) Can imagine it tastes something like white russian ?

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 09, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Good idea trying to use more EV coconut oil in the food I`m eating. I`m a little sceptical eating to much avocado, nuts and eggs because of the high omega 6 content.

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

(1801)

on June 09, 2011
at 02:30 PM

Some fatty bone broth might be a good substitute.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 09, 2011
at 02:28 PM

good point! I think I will try to not consume it anymore, and rather try to find a substitute. Maybe just use it for cheat meals :)

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

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on June 09, 2011
at 02:22 PM

I like Aroy-D too for this reason

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 09, 2011
at 02:21 PM

this might be the case for other fats, but from what i understand, medium-chain fatty-acids (like coconut oil) actually don't metabolize in this way - the MCFA can be absorbed directly and sent to the liver to be used for energy. the bile mechanism isn't utilized.

166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

(1317)

on June 09, 2011
at 12:35 PM

If you get the right brand no guar gum is added. Chao Koh is good.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 09, 2011
at 01:17 PM

I don't mean to sound brisk but if consuming something makes you feel not well, wouldnt that most likely be a reason not to consume it? There's nothing on the earth that everyone must eat. Skip the coconut milk and just eat/drink something else.

Its pretty unnatural to have such easy, regular access to that much coconut milk day in day out anyway.

I'd stop consuming anything that made me feel worse than I did before I consumed it.

Find your cals elsewhere. Get creative. It can be done, coconut milk in a can, from a store, shipped around the globe is not the only answer.

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

(1801)

on June 09, 2011
at 02:30 PM

Some fatty bone broth might be a good substitute.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 09, 2011
at 02:28 PM

good point! I think I will try to not consume it anymore, and rather try to find a substitute. Maybe just use it for cheat meals :)

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on July 19, 2011
at 04:27 PM

Beware of the idea that coconut fat is simply causing "die-off" symptoms from its microbial properties. I went on that notion for a couple of years, attributing my worsening reactions to coconut oil to recurring yeast problems when in actuality I was developing an intolerance - not only to coconut but to salicylates, which occur in pretty much all fruits and vegetables. Coconut - especially coconut fat - is absolutely loaded with salicylates, which can easily turn from a hormetically healthy irritant to a full-blown assailant on your system. So now I'm not only yeast intolerant, but largely fruit and vegetable intolerant, glutamate (meat) sensitive, etc. Best not to become a cautionary tale oneself and always abide by "all things in moderation" and "the dose makes the poison."

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on June 09, 2011
at 02:15 PM

could be a number of things, a buding intolerance or simply is too much in your stomach at once. I'd try removing it then adding it back in smaller quantities to see which is the issue (if is an intolerance you should notice it right away).

Any large quantity of anything will likely cause you issues over time if use too often.

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:13 PM

Could be the guar gum.

166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

(1317)

on June 09, 2011
at 12:35 PM

If you get the right brand no guar gum is added. Chao Koh is good.

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

(1801)

on June 09, 2011
at 02:22 PM

I like Aroy-D too for this reason

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5113df7e1c5a7e9c7555b6b59144de24

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on June 09, 2011
at 01:41 PM

Are you able to eat other coconut products without problem? It could be that you are sensitive to coconut.

Listen to your body. If you don't feel well with a certain food, eliminate it.

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8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on June 09, 2011
at 08:42 AM

Try using EV coconut oil in place of the milk, you can add it into to your food. You can find a vast number of healthy things to replace those calories. For example avocados, nuts, eggs, a variety of meats, healthy green and good starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, almond milk, and of you eat dairy (some do, some dont) you can eat some cheeses like feta or heavy cream.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 09, 2011
at 06:04 PM

ehh..Well you know, global warming;)

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 09, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Good idea trying to use more EV coconut oil in the food I`m eating. I`m a little sceptical eating to much avocado, nuts and eggs because of the high omega 6 content.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 09, 2011
at 04:51 PM

I did not know they had coconut trees in BOTH Norway and Sweden!

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6869a1f2294b3a717a53645589a91d18

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on June 09, 2011
at 04:23 PM

Coconut has antimicrobial properties. This microbicide might cause the release of endotoxins that temporarily make you feel nauseous/not well.

If coconut's something you want to incorporate in your diet I think starting low, then slowly increasing your intake would be a good idea. Too much microbicide might be more endotoxin than your body can comfortably handle at any one time.

I felt pretty woozy after the first times I had coconut milk and oil. After keeping up for a while in small amounts, i now can consume large amounts and feel fine.

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on June 09, 2011
at 02:20 PM

Ditto what others have said, drinking anything with a lot of calories and/or fat (coconut milk, cream, milk shakes, smoothies) blasts a lot of calories and fat into your system in a way that it probably isn't fully digested before it goes down the ol' GI tubes. This can cause stomach upset (or more accurately, intestinal upset).

One of my snacks / treats is about 2 tsp of "coconut cream concentrate" (a product from Tropical Traditions) in a mug of hot water. The coconut stuff is 70% fat so this is basically a couple of teaspoons of coconut fat. But I drink it over maybe 15-20 minutes. It's extremely satisfying and great for those times when you feel a bit noshy, and at night a splash of rum or bourbon helps too.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 09, 2011
at 02:53 PM

Oh sounds good with a little splash of rum our bourbon. Definitly going to try that out as a cheat meal some time :) Can imagine it tastes something like white russian ?

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on June 09, 2011
at 04:30 PM

Well the stuff is not sweetened at all, it tastes slightly sweet just from the fat but that is it. You can put a shake of stevia in it if you need it sweeter, but I enjoy it as-is, and it is nearly guilt-free. When drinking it warm, it doesn't take much booze to give it flavor, so you can have a treat with about 1/2 ounce of alcohol.

5d6a58590ba76136e8dc50c561c8ada2

(450)

on July 31, 2011
at 08:44 AM

hmm i just eat the coconut butter straight, but will give this idea a try :)

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on June 09, 2011
at 01:24 PM

It is possible that if you are drinking the entire can at once it is just too much for your system to handle, try splitting it up and drinking a little bit at various times throughout the day and drinking it when eating something else may help.

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:36 PM

I get the same sick feeling after I have coconut milk/cream I also get a really sick/ hungry feeling the next day after eating it. The brand I buy does not have any guar gum just coconut.

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Bad3a78e228c67a7513c28f17c36b3cf

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on June 09, 2011
at 11:10 AM

Too much coconut fat gives me a stomach ache. Other fats do not.

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 09, 2011
at 10:27 AM

The question is - what is it that makes you feel sick when you drink it?

It might be the amount of fat you are consuming so quickly. If you are not used to the quantity, it causes some difficulty. Basically the gall bladder has to produce enough bile to handle the fat - and if it doesn't, some fat goes through undigested (yuck).

If you increase the amount of fat more slowly, a healthy gall bladder will be able to ramp up and make enough bile to emulsify the fat load. Guess what bile is made from? Cholesterol!

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 09, 2011
at 02:21 PM

this might be the case for other fats, but from what i understand, medium-chain fatty-acids (like coconut oil) actually don't metabolize in this way - the MCFA can be absorbed directly and sent to the liver to be used for energy. the bile mechanism isn't utilized.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 09, 2011
at 06:05 PM

Yes, that is correct. Oops!

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