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Eating Raw Coconut

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 12, 2010 at 6:17 PM

specifically: is it harmful to eat the thin, brown skin (for lack of a better word) that surrounds the raw, white coconut meat? Once I have drained the coconut and removed the hard outer shell, I just dig in and enjoy. In order to avoid damaging the GI tract should I be cutting the brown part off and only eating whatever is white?

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on October 25, 2011
at 12:41 AM

I bet it tastes like coconut :P

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on October 24, 2011
at 11:28 AM

...is this thing from Earth?

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on October 24, 2011
at 05:45 AM

I hope you use the water you drain from the coconut... my practice is to use it to make scrambled eggs.

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on October 24, 2011
at 04:45 AM

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on October 23, 2011
at 07:51 PM

Dude I would so eat that crab.

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on May 31, 2011
at 10:16 PM

Probably tastes like coconut!

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:51 PM

so far, this is the first comment/question about eating a raw coconut out of the shell. I love coconut and just ate a whole one in two days. Not a regular practice, but wonder if that is too much. I always eat the thin brown skin, doesn't seem to bother me at all.

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:50 PM

beautiful!! Is that a standard size trash can? Just get some butter and a HUGE pot!!!

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:26 PM

I bet the crab's tasty, too.

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:09 PM

I think I may have nightmares...

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on May 31, 2011
at 12:56 AM

Wow, those crabs are awesome!

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on September 12, 2010
at 07:32 PM

Usually, outer coatings of seeds and fruits contain a mixture of antioxidants and antinutrients, both of which are designed to protect the important plant product from natural decay and predators. So, one might hypothesize that the pellicle has harmful antinutrients; but in the absence of positive indications of that, I wouldn't worry about it.

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on May 30, 2011
at 10:58 PM

From the plant-defense perspective. A coconut is pretty well protected without having to invest additional energy into a toxic "wrapper". The only other animal that I know of (besides humans) that eat coconut is that insane crab.

Specifically, THIS insane crab...

eating-raw-coconut

Whoops, that's a burger-eating, cheapskate crab.

I meant THIS one!

eating-raw-coconut

And, just so you know that isn't a small tree... eating-raw-coconut

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:26 PM

I bet the crab's tasty, too.

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4101)

on May 31, 2011
at 05:09 PM

I think I may have nightmares...

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on May 31, 2011
at 12:56 AM

Wow, those crabs are awesome!

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

(656)

on May 31, 2011
at 05:50 PM

beautiful!! Is that a standard size trash can? Just get some butter and a HUGE pot!!!

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(19469)

on May 31, 2011
at 10:16 PM

Probably tastes like coconut!

3193ead7a301b741aafa193c4476edea

(213)

on October 24, 2011
at 11:28 AM

...is this thing from Earth?

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on October 23, 2011
at 07:51 PM

Dude I would so eat that crab.

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(19469)

on October 25, 2011
at 12:41 AM

I bet it tastes like coconut :P

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on September 12, 2010
at 06:33 PM

The thin brown membrane is known as a pellicle. You can peel it off using a standard vegetable peeler. But if you don't mind the taste or texture, you don't need to, apparently. But I haven't studied the chemical composition of the stuff, just I see (from my google search) that certain fans of coconut don't mind eating it.

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on September 12, 2010
at 06:55 PM

I always eat the brown part. I have never heard of it being harmful.

Bdcb2101fd3f1853cfd645094d8ad086

on September 12, 2010
at 07:32 PM

Usually, outer coatings of seeds and fruits contain a mixture of antioxidants and antinutrients, both of which are designed to protect the important plant product from natural decay and predators. So, one might hypothesize that the pellicle has harmful antinutrients; but in the absence of positive indications of that, I wouldn't worry about it.

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on October 24, 2011
at 03:12 AM

Unless it hurts your GI track, go for it. I know it kills mine.

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on October 23, 2011
at 05:41 PM

I think the raw coconut does taste better and have better texture with the thin brown "membrane" on the outside.

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on October 23, 2011
at 09:05 PM

You can eat it. To find out more about coconuts go to The Coconut Research Center at: http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/ Coconut is a super food.

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on October 24, 2011
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