The paleo autoimmune protocol cuts out nightshades, nuts, seeds and eggs.
Coconut is technically a nut so is it allowed?
What about cocoa which is technically a bean?
asked bynogutsnoglory (45)
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on October 24, 2012
at 04:44 PM
Coconut is not a true nut so it should be fine unless one has an allergy to it.
Cocoa is a no, sorry to say. Also I would add dairy and NSAIDs to your autoimmune protocol avoid list as they also can be gut irritants.
It has been hard for me to avoid chocolate, but I have come to realize that it really makes me feel awful after I eat it and makes sense that it is not included in the protocol.
on May 23, 2014
at 09:32 PM
But coconut is a seed. Why is it allowed? My son and I are both extremely sensitive to coconut flour but seem to be okay with coconut oil (can't be too sure, I guess, without testing). Would we want to cut all coconut products out with AIP? That leaves us with NOTHING fun. :( Is that the reason this seed is permitted on the diet?
on February 20, 2013
at 04:11 AM
Chocolate and cocoa come from cacao, the seed of a fruit. It is only called a bean because of it's appearance. It is not a legume. Seeds are part of the Paleo diet but are restricted on the AutoImmune Protocol until the gut is healed. Then you can try reintroducing it. I think the main concerns with chocolate stem from the high sugar content in many chocolate treats, and that it is high in phytic acid - See the PaleoMom's post on chocolate here
Also, it isn't really a paleolithic food as cultivation began only in 1500 BC-400 BC. See more about the history here.
on December 12, 2012
at 12:50 AM
Coconut is fine, unless you have a specific allergy/intolerance or you can't handle the high fiber content. Cocoa is a seed. thepaleomom.com has lots of info on AIP.
on November 13, 2012
at 10:24 PM
Coconut is a Drupe, so it is fine.
No comment on our friend the cacao bean, but as you state, it is a bean.
on October 24, 2012
at 04:42 PM
When my functional medicine doc put me on an autoimmune protocol, she promoted coconut and I did well on it.
Not sure how cocoa could be a problem, I wouldn't worry about a little here and there. Or, if you are super stoked on health goals, omit anything you aren't sure about then you know for sure it's not holding you back. Introduce it again in a month or so and see how you feel.