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Allergic to coconut?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 21, 2011 at 11:31 PM

I love coconut in any form, so I am particularly devastated by the realization this week that I may have become allergic to coconut (mucus production in my throat and copious annoying throat clearing...a similar rx to when I now have gluten).

I have eliminated coconut for the last 4-5 days and the mucus production after meals is only just starting to settle...does anyone have any suggestions on how long to eliminate coconut before I reintroduce in order to test the theory?

And also any thoughts on how long before the symptoms should clear? I would have expected them to have gone by now and am fingers crossed that this means it may not be the coconut xx

...I have also around the same time discovered that my iron supplement contained gluten and have in the last couple of days sourced one that does not contain gluten... So unfortunately I have 2 different rx experiments going on simultaneously!

And last one, it is not strictly speaking paleo because I add a bit of honey and some dates/goji berries...but I make my own chocolate with cacao powder, nibs, desicated coconut and...coconut oil (part of the reason for my devastation over a potential allergy!)

I have just made a batch with ghee instead (it is sitting in the freezer ready to go so I haven't tried it yet) does anyone have any other suggestions for possible coconut oil substitutes in this kind of recipe?

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on June 05, 2011
at 12:03 PM

I second the guar gum concern. It could definitely be the culprit as it is found in many coconut products.

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on May 22, 2011
at 04:34 AM

Hmm...I did have some of the massaman, I have never reacted to peanuts before and they are not a part of my normal diet...would I still be feeling the effects 5 days later?

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on May 22, 2011
at 12:23 AM

Also peanuts can do that. Any Thai peanuts?

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on May 22, 2011
at 12:22 AM

Oh, I bet they didn't do your food gluten free. Mucous can rear its ugly head with the slightest exposure if you have been GF for a while.

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on May 22, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Thanks Dexter, I didn't think to change brands of coconut oil...one of the worst bouts of mucus was after getting Thai from our favorite restaurant which does gluten free for us, it was a coconut creme based curry with coconut rice :( I haven't noticed any other cold symptoms and am investigating if gluten has crept into my diet in any other way since I have a similar rx to gluten...will continue looking

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on June 05, 2011
at 05:56 AM

In what form are you ingesting coconut? If it is canned coconut milk, or other coconut product made with guar gum, it is most likely that you are reacting to the guar gum, not the coconut. This is very common. Try getting a fresh coconut and see if that happens. I believe there is one brand Chris Kresser recommends that is guar gum free. Can't remember the name right now...

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on June 05, 2011
at 12:03 PM

I second the guar gum concern. It could definitely be the culprit as it is found in many coconut products.

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on January 22, 2014
at 01:01 AM

I get the same thing from coconut products: ice cream, milk. I would agree with the guar gum theory but I get the same things when I use coconut flour to make treats- and all ingredients I put with the flour agree with me- no eggs, etc. The oil is ok- I just do poorly with any complex starch: any nut flour period. And the cream, unlike the oil must have some of the coconut protein and/or starch in it. My daughter is highly sensitive to dairy and gets the same thing with coconut. Great food but not or everybody.

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on September 21, 2013
at 02:59 PM

I am noticing the same problem of excess phlegm and clearing of the throat. This is the same thing I get when I eat pasturized or homogenized dairy. it stopped when I stopped dairy but now it is back when I added coconut milk and coconut yogurt. I agree I think it is the guar gum not the coconut.

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on May 21, 2011
at 11:45 PM

Mucous production is your body trying to get rid of a toxin or irritant that the body doesn't like. Did you just change brands of coconut oil?

My suggestion would be to change brands of coconut oil. I use Nutiva 54 oz container for around $22 per 54oz..Amazon or vitacost.com

Let's think outside the norm. Suspose that you contracted a mild cold and since you are paleo, your body is doing a good job of fighting it off and the muscous is how your body is dealing with it...rather than the oil itself being the problem.

What has changed in your life about the time you started to notice to notice the mucous. New boyfriend you are allergic to? Go back to when you didn't have the mucous and examine everything that has happened in your life. You may find something that has triggered the mucous production. This is how your body is handling it.

Do you supplement with Vit D3 to get your serum level up to 70-100 ng/ml as The Quilt wants his clients to be? Good levels increase your immune system to ward off viruses and bacteria and generally increase the wellbeing of people. I haven't been down with a cold or flu in over three years. 5000IU a day for my wife and I.

Good luck with your investigation.

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on May 22, 2011
at 12:22 AM

Oh, I bet they didn't do your food gluten free. Mucous can rear its ugly head with the slightest exposure if you have been GF for a while.

1bbf5b9ed5202debe9a4c5b9f65e233b

(160)

on May 22, 2011
at 04:34 AM

Hmm...I did have some of the massaman, I have never reacted to peanuts before and they are not a part of my normal diet...would I still be feeling the effects 5 days later?

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 22, 2011
at 12:23 AM

Also peanuts can do that. Any Thai peanuts?

1bbf5b9ed5202debe9a4c5b9f65e233b

(160)

on May 22, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Thanks Dexter, I didn't think to change brands of coconut oil...one of the worst bouts of mucus was after getting Thai from our favorite restaurant which does gluten free for us, it was a coconut creme based curry with coconut rice :( I haven't noticed any other cold symptoms and am investigating if gluten has crept into my diet in any other way since I have a similar rx to gluten...will continue looking

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