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Coconut digestion

Answered on February 06, 2015
Created February 16, 2011 at 6:58 PM

After fairly regular consumption of a few spoonfuls of coconut milk each night, I cut it out for the last two weeks for a couple of reasons: (1) I workout at 6:00 most mornings and found I often wake up with a fairly sour stomach so was doing a personal assessment; and (2) I wanted to try to obtain more calories from the main meat source at dinner (i.e. eating more grass-fed ground meat and sirloin). Since eliminating coconut milk, I have not had as many stops in the bathroom, and when I do need to go, it usually takes awhile and produces little.

So last night, I had two tablespoonfuls in some almond milk with pure cocoa. Today, let's just say going has not been an issue. Not the "trots" mind you but certainly looser. Coconut oil can give me a little rumbly stomach sometimes, but usually doesn't produce much serious action. Of course, I usually only use a spoonful or two to cook in and occasionally will have a spoonful with a piece of dark chocolate.

Any thoughts on why the coconut causes my stomach to react the way it does? Thoughts on the issues seeming to occur more so after consuming the coconut milk versus the oil?

Thanks.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 13, 2012
at 03:58 PM

Have you tried that one before? We recently found a shop that sells the Aroy-D that comes in a carton. I don't think it has the additives that the canned version does. I have been having a glass per day for about a week and have been ok with it so far.

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

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on June 12, 2012
at 05:59 PM

This for me mostly. Coconut milk often has guar gum and potassium bisulfite added. The gum stabilizes it but is a laxative for some of us and the bisulfite is a preservative but can be an allergen. I can't tolerate either of those. I have to get coconut milk that has neither of those additives. I set up an amazon subscription to this one: http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Value-Coconut-14-Ounce-Containers/dp/B000LKVIEG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1339523946&sr=8-3

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 16, 2012
at 10:31 AM

Canned coconut milk contains more than just cococnut and water even if the can states it's only coconut and water. Some countries allow certain amounts of some ingredients to not be listed. What brand are you using? Click on the coconut-milk search tag here for more info.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 16, 2012
at 10:30 AM

Canned coconut milk contains more than just cococnut and water even if the can states it's only coconut and water. Some countries allow certain amounts of some ingredients to not be listed. Click on the coconut-milk search tag here for more info.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on February 17, 2011
at 07:51 PM

Is coconut milk an antifungal though? He's taking the milk, not the oil (or are they the same?).

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 17, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Exactly, coconut oil needs to be introduced slowly since it is an antifungal among other things. I noticed when I first started eating it I could only do 1 tablespoon, if I ate 2 or 3 I would have to lay down and I'd feel ill for a few hours.

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on February 17, 2011
at 03:51 PM

i kind of agree. Although i love coconut products and coconut oil i do find that many times it makes me have pretty liquidy stools. I have greatly reduced the amount of coconut Im eating, replacing the coconut fat with just more animal fats and I seem to do fine. I remain a proponent of CO but i just think you have to do N=1 and see how you fare.

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on February 17, 2011
at 05:04 AM

More information on the overall state of your digestion may help.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 16, 2012
at 10:32 AM

Canned coconut milk contains more than just cococnut and water even if the can states it's only coconut and water. Some countries allow certain amounts of some ingredients to not be listed. What brand are you using? Click on the coconut-milk search tag here for more info.

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

(1007)

on June 12, 2012
at 05:59 PM

This for me mostly. Coconut milk often has guar gum and potassium bisulfite added. The gum stabilizes it but is a laxative for some of us and the bisulfite is a preservative but can be an allergen. I can't tolerate either of those. I have to get coconut milk that has neither of those additives. I set up an amazon subscription to this one: http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Value-Coconut-14-Ounce-Containers/dp/B000LKVIEG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1339523946&sr=8-3

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 13, 2012
at 03:58 PM

Have you tried that one before? We recently found a shop that sells the Aroy-D that comes in a carton. I don't think it has the additives that the canned version does. I have been having a glass per day for about a week and have been ok with it so far.

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on February 17, 2011
at 04:45 AM

Coconut oil is digested differently from other fats. It does not need bile but instead is directly absorbed. Seems like some people do not digest coconut well. I don't think anyone really has much clue about a lot of this stuff. Could be that coconuts were not in your family's diet in many millenia and you are simply not well adapted to digesting coconut fat. Epigenetics is the elephant in the room that we just don't have enough data on.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on February 17, 2011
at 03:51 PM

i kind of agree. Although i love coconut products and coconut oil i do find that many times it makes me have pretty liquidy stools. I have greatly reduced the amount of coconut Im eating, replacing the coconut fat with just more animal fats and I seem to do fine. I remain a proponent of CO but i just think you have to do N=1 and see how you fare.

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on February 17, 2011
at 02:10 AM

Could be some kind of fungal infection, seeing as how coconut is antifungal and could cause a slight die off. Before I couldn't handle 2 tablespoons of coco oil, now I could consume around 9 with no problem.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on February 17, 2011
at 07:51 PM

Is coconut milk an antifungal though? He's taking the milk, not the oil (or are they the same?).

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 17, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Exactly, coconut oil needs to be introduced slowly since it is an antifungal among other things. I noticed when I first started eating it I could only do 1 tablespoon, if I ate 2 or 3 I would have to lay down and I'd feel ill for a few hours.

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on February 16, 2011
at 07:01 PM

Might you have a tree nut allergy? I can't eat any nuts, and I'm not sure why coconuts and shea are similar enough to have the same response, but it is apparently common to be allergic to all of them. It's really unfortunate and I'm hoping that it will fade as the distance between the present and the last time I ate wheat increases.

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on February 06, 2015
at 04:30 AM

Fructose. See "LIVESTRONG: Digestive Problems from Coconut" (I'd link it but I'm brand new on here and it's not letting me yet) and 'fructans'.

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on February 17, 2011
at 05:36 PM

Thanks for the answers so far. I find the reference to a fungus interesting. I had not done much research on this and do experience several of the symptoms possibly associated with an overabundance of fungus in the digestive tract (e.g. bloating, gas, bowel distress, not to mention a yet-to-be explained iron deficiency anemia).

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