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Coconut oil and swollen lips?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 27, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Finally after months and months of talking about the Paleo Diet my Parents are finally giving it a try. The only problem is it seems my Mom has an allergy to Coconut oil. Anytime she has any recipe with coconut oil in it her lips swell up pretty bad. Has anyone heard of this before? is it fairly common? What is a good replacement for coconut oil if that is the problem. Thoughts?

We are using high quality coconutm oil and we've tried 3 different types at this point.

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on February 28, 2013
at 12:25 AM

Cooking with olive oil is not the best idea. It oxidizes easily. It's best to cook with something else and just drizzle on the olive oil at the end.

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at 10:01 PM

Oh to actually answer your question, you don't need much in the way of refined fats/oils to eat paleo. Personally, I fry all of my steaks at low heat in olive oil.

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on February 27, 2013
at 10:00 PM

I have the same allergy. More or less mildly allergic to all nuts and fruit. Pretty annoying.

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on February 28, 2013
at 12:13 AM

Cook with animal fats, butter and olive oil.

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on February 28, 2013
at 12:25 AM

Cooking with olive oil is not the best idea. It oxidizes easily. It's best to cook with something else and just drizzle on the olive oil at the end.

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on February 28, 2013
at 06:27 PM

There's no need to eat any particular fat, just to get plenty of fats in some form in your diet. Coconut oil is tasty, healthy and easy to cook with, but the vast majority of humans throughout the ages never got to have any. I hear seal blubber is the bomb, but I'll likely never eat any and will do fine without it.

If your mom has an intolerance/allergy to coconut oil, then it's clearly out for her. From what I've seen it isn't super common, but it's hardly rare either. Some people just can't do coconut.

Coconut oil is great for cooking because it's highly saturated and doesn't get damaged easily. Other, similar options for cooking would be lard (check the label - some is partially hydrogenated. You don't want that!), tallow, suet, bacon fat, chicken fat, duck fat, butter, ghee, the animal fats that get rendered off in making bone broth. I'm inclined also to think that it isn't horrible to use olive oil occasionally in low temp cooking. Avocado and macadamia oil are fantastic, but expensive. I usually use them for dressing where the flavor comes out, but they are pretty tolerant of heat.

And yes, you could get all your fat in unrefined forms in fatty fish like salmon, in avocadoes and nuts and olives, in meats and dairy if you do dairy.

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on February 28, 2013
at 04:11 AM

An allergy to coconut oil isn't uncommon. It sounds like a pretty severe one, too. You might want to be careful how you go through the remaining oil, as in be careful cooking with it (definitely don't let it smoke with her in the house) and careful in how you clean your dishes as it tends to deposit on cold surfaces.

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