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Anyone Get No Energy Boost From Coconut Oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 08, 2011 at 10:01 PM

I eat coconut oil as my primary added fat -- over eggs and on veggies. I like the taste and am using it as a saturated fat replacement for butter. I do not however get any additional energy boost from it. My husband's office mate says he has to avoid the coconut oil at his evening meal or else it makes him too wired/energetic to sleep. I assume this is from the MCT content but wonder why I simply don't get any energy boost from it. Anybody else there get no energy from coconut oil?

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on July 17, 2013
at 02:18 PM

I'd say if it feels good, it's probably not an allergic reaction.

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on February 22, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Do you know if you have gall bladder issues? How is your fat digestion when eating saturated animal fat?

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on February 22, 2012
at 10:17 PM

The rosy cheeks and faster heart beat can also be a sign of an allergic reaction. This is probably not the case, but I thought it might be good to consider this as a negative effect. Without knowing what is really happening to the individual it is easy to cloud our view by seeing what we want to see, instead of being objective. I use CO daily to cook, but I have never felt increased energy, even from ingesting 2Tbsps. straight on an empty stomach.

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on December 09, 2011
at 08:27 PM

I get no "energy boost" from consuming coconut oil. I like it and cook with it daily but I get no boost.

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on December 09, 2011
at 06:48 AM

I don't however agree that you would get an energy boost from MCT. You will get energy to do exercise, but not necessarily a boost. Carbs give you energy to exercise, but I wouldn't say I get an energy boost from eating a sweet potato.

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on December 09, 2011
at 06:46 AM

I have to disagree with you robert. "...with MCFA being absorbed more efficiently than long chain fatty acids (LFCA). Subsequently, MCFA are transported in the portal blood directly to the liver, unlike LCFA which are incorporated into chylomicrons and transported through lymph..." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9570335

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on December 08, 2011
at 10:33 PM

I do not either. I feel no different after ingesting CO.

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on December 09, 2011
at 12:07 AM

I feel no coconut oil magic.

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on December 09, 2011
at 01:53 PM

Perhaps the 'energy boost' you're thinking of is what you'd feel on a 'sugar high'? You wouldn't get that with CO because it won't raise your blood sugar the way simple carbs do. Fat is a slow-digesting nutrient, rather than carbs, or even protein (which can be insulinogenic); it will give you energy for your bodily functions, but it won't give you a 'sugar rush', and, neither will it give you the subsequent 'sugar crash'.

However, the fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil are metabolised by the liver and used as fuel, so they, perhaps would give you 'faster' energy than other oils, although, again, not in a 'sugar high' way.

As for your friend: CO is thermogenic & raises metabolism; it also boosts thyroid function. Some people feel these effects more acutely than others, especially people who have low thyroid function or slower metabolisms. This is just anecdotal, but someone I know who is hypothyroid feels noticeable energy increases after eating CO - her cheeks get rosy, her heart beats faster, breathing gets deeper, etc.

CO - if you have no issues with digesting it - is very beneficial, so eat away! I personally carry around some CO to snack on if I get hungry during the day; a spoonful takes care of that for me. It doesn't get me 'wired', but it sure is satisfying.

Happy Holidays! Milla

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on February 22, 2012
at 10:17 PM

The rosy cheeks and faster heart beat can also be a sign of an allergic reaction. This is probably not the case, but I thought it might be good to consider this as a negative effect. Without knowing what is really happening to the individual it is easy to cloud our view by seeing what we want to see, instead of being objective. I use CO daily to cook, but I have never felt increased energy, even from ingesting 2Tbsps. straight on an empty stomach.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on July 17, 2013
at 02:18 PM

I'd say if it feels good, it's probably not an allergic reaction.

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on December 08, 2011
at 10:21 PM

I eat 2-3 tablespoons a day, and don't feel any energy boost. But if I surpass that I get nauseated -happens to a lot of people. (too much fat for my gallbladder apparently).

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on December 09, 2011
at 12:30 PM

For me, coconut oil is nothing but something that is hard to digest. no matter how anti-inflammatory or what, if I can't digest it then it's useless. I wonder if anyone else also have the same problem with CO...??

6234b07fd779f3e0e37089da91f70041

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on February 22, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Do you know if you have gall bladder issues? How is your fat digestion when eating saturated animal fat?

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on January 23, 2014
at 07:42 PM

everytime I eat coconut oil or other fats, after swallowing it, my saliva gets really fatty as is the fat was undigested in my gut and entered body and saliva. I have dry mouth as part of CFS illness I’m dealing with. If I take lots of digestive enzymes the fatty saliva becomes thinner and more normal. Do you know what can be causing this problem?

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on July 17, 2013
at 04:31 AM

Coconut oil can be very difficult to digest if you have digestion problems. I have celiac disease and coconut oil is intolerable by itself for me. Also, you cannot start on 2 TB of oil right away...it's too rich.

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on August 11, 2012
at 12:37 PM

I've definitely noticed a difference in my energy level since I've started using coconut oil in the last month. I've used on average 1-2 T. every other day. However, it's not a boost. It's more an overall energy increase: I need less sleep, I'm not as sore after Crossfit workouts, my overall feeling of energy and ability to get through the day is higher. I've long had problems with energy level, needing a nap most days, especially if I had worked out. And my recovery from intense Crossfit exercises was slow. Now, however, my recovery is fast (at 40 years old, I've never been fast at recovery), and I don't really need those naps. Wow! I haven't changed anything but the coconut oil, so it gets the credit. The improvements didn't happen right away -- it took a few weeks for it to be noticeable.

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on April 24, 2012
at 07:56 PM

I've never had any noticeable energy boost or other effect from it. Too bad, because a nice healthy source of energy boost would sometimes be useful.

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on December 09, 2011
at 08:24 PM

I definitely get a boost. I'm not even sure it's pleasant. I get flushed and hot. It's like I'm working out while I'm sitting on the couch. I'm literally just radiating heat.

However, I also don't digest most coconut products especially well, so maybe it's an allergic reaction? Though I always assumed my reaction to coconut flour/milk was more a bit of a fructmal issue, since the problems are identical to those I have with fruits.

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on December 09, 2011
at 01:50 AM

For me, I do experience an energy boost or maybe a better way to put it is that it helps keep my fat metabolism burning on need. I usually take either a tablespoon or teaspoon of coconut oil in a fasted state to help prolong my fasts. So for example, I may be about to take an hour long hike or brisk walk. I will usually take a bit of coconut oil before hand. Like I said, this is done in my fasted state, so the coconut oil helps me during this time to make sure i do not get hungry or get lethargic during my walks. Seems to work pretty well for me anyway :)

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on December 09, 2011
at 12:03 AM

I don't get an energy boost for the hot feeling some people have reported. It does tend to give me a boost to intestinal motility though.

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on December 08, 2011
at 10:36 PM

I don't tend to eat it in isolation, and wouldn't think to use it as an energy 'boost'. I have energy as and when I need it.

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on December 09, 2011
at 01:20 AM

you are not suposed to get an energy boost and you dont. this Fat is a slow to burn fuel like all fats. Somebody is pulling your leg or has some mental issues.

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on December 09, 2011
at 06:46 AM

I have to disagree with you robert. "...with MCFA being absorbed more efficiently than long chain fatty acids (LFCA). Subsequently, MCFA are transported in the portal blood directly to the liver, unlike LCFA which are incorporated into chylomicrons and transported through lymph..." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9570335

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on December 09, 2011
at 06:48 AM

I don't however agree that you would get an energy boost from MCT. You will get energy to do exercise, but not necessarily a boost. Carbs give you energy to exercise, but I wouldn't say I get an energy boost from eating a sweet potato.

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