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Is it okay to eat so many coconut products?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM

I've been Paleo for about two months. I'm finding that coconut products -- coconut milk, coconut butter, coconut oil -- have become one of the main foods I eat. I drink about two cups of coconut milk each day. I use coconut oil for cooking. And I like to just eat coconut butter out of the jar or melt it and add cinnamon or cocoa powder.

Is it okay to be eating so much coconut? Thanks so much. Toni

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on November 04, 2011
at 11:59 PM

I think that was my issue, too. I made some curry a couple of days ago and did just fine. It seems like I just need to stay away from it in the morning.

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on November 04, 2011
at 10:13 PM

It gives me a stomach ache as well if I drink a coco smoothie in the morning. I seem to do ok later on in the day though.

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on November 03, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Thank you so much. This was very helpful.

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on October 30, 2011
at 10:29 PM

I do cook with quite a bit of coconut oil, simply because I don't buy rendered animal fat and never save it after a meal (I eat it all!)

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on October 30, 2011
at 08:36 PM

Nemesis, I haven't noticed that. Then again, I haven't been as dialed in to the recent back-and-forth as others have. But I thought butter and tallow etc. were staples.

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on October 30, 2011
at 08:33 PM

+1 for the soy/vegan point. With 2 cups of CM ringing in at about 900 kcal, the OP likely gets >1,000 kcal each day just from coconut products. Not necessarily a bad thing. For myself, I prefer to diversify.

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on October 30, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I use a variety, coconut oil has it's place. As for the milk, well, I try to avoid as many things in a can as possible. I think the jury is still out on BPA, but what I know of it, I'll avoid it when I can. I still use it in curries, but like once or twice a month rather than once or twice a day.

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on October 30, 2011
at 06:11 PM

It seems like many Paleo people are subconsciously leery of using animal fats in cooking, and lean towards coconut oils as a "safe" alternative.

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on October 30, 2011
at 05:58 PM

great question: I often wonder this myself. I try to use it thoughtfully, and when I can use other similar products, I try to rotate them around so I don't become so dependent on one product.

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on October 30, 2011
at 05:47 PM

I don't think coconut oil could be harmful in any reasonable dose to be honest, but people should not depend on single food anyway, or single manufacturer.

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on October 30, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Many people around here will say "yes", but I'm personally careful with it. I don't mind virgin raw unrefined coconut oil, and true coconut milk, but the rest are kind of processed. Coconut is close to becoming what soy is for vegans: their everything. My opinion is: let's be careful with it, and simply let's reduce baking or the kind of cooking that requires coconut flour, butter, sour cream, ice cream, soy sauce replacements (coconut aminos), vinegar etc etc.

C2ad96801ec1e22d2bf62475b6e52751

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on October 30, 2011
at 08:33 PM

+1 for the soy/vegan point. With 2 cups of CM ringing in at about 900 kcal, the OP likely gets >1,000 kcal each day just from coconut products. Not necessarily a bad thing. For myself, I prefer to diversify.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 30, 2011
at 05:47 PM

I don't think coconut oil could be harmful in any reasonable dose to be honest, but people should not depend on single food anyway, or single manufacturer.

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on October 30, 2011
at 05:51 PM

I too am a little bothered by the coconut-centric focus that paleo tends to have. I prefer a varied diet, & a variety of oils, rather than a dependence on a single oil. I do like coconut milk, but maybe use a can every other week. A little coconut shred and flour on occasion, but it's just not a staple in my diet.

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on October 30, 2011
at 10:29 PM

I do cook with quite a bit of coconut oil, simply because I don't buy rendered animal fat and never save it after a meal (I eat it all!)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on October 30, 2011
at 06:11 PM

It seems like many Paleo people are subconsciously leery of using animal fats in cooking, and lean towards coconut oils as a "safe" alternative.

C2ad96801ec1e22d2bf62475b6e52751

(1416)

on October 30, 2011
at 08:36 PM

Nemesis, I haven't noticed that. Then again, I haven't been as dialed in to the recent back-and-forth as others have. But I thought butter and tallow etc. were staples.

A71dfbf4e7efeb2068b63df478e9ac46

on October 30, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I use a variety, coconut oil has it's place. As for the milk, well, I try to avoid as many things in a can as possible. I think the jury is still out on BPA, but what I know of it, I'll avoid it when I can. I still use it in curries, but like once or twice a month rather than once or twice a day.

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on October 30, 2011
at 06:03 PM

Based on buying and consuming whole coconuts, I'm not really concerned by either coconut milk or flour, except that a whole coconut probably produces a cup or less of rich coconut milk and the milk would include the oil (that becomes the thicker "cream" that rises to the top.) The rough fiber left after squeezing out the milk would make a couple cups or less of flour. I suspect tropical folks might habitually consume 2 or even 3 coconuts per day, the the rest of our diet is probably richer than the rest of theirs.

In that context, I probably consume the equivalent of a whole coconut every 2 or 3 weeks. That works for me, but it sounds like you enjoy it more than I do and I seriously think that's an important clue. I don't think we should force ourselves to eat things we don't like or enjoy and I also believe eating a ton of a rich food we like could become problematic if we're trying to lose weight.

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on November 01, 2011
at 03:58 PM

When traditional cultures eat coconut oil as their primary source of fat, from age 1 to 100 they surprisingly have lowest levels of heart disease in the world. No high blood pressure, even in the oldest members of society even tho they ate every day for 100 years. What are people afraid of? MCFA are only found in coconut oil, palm kernal oil, milk and human breast milk. So that leaves coconut oil and palm kernal oil for the adult paleo. Why not increase the benefits for the brain, digestive system, immune system. Coconut ketone therapy-feeds cells without the need for insulin. In Alzheimer's the brain cells are dying, you lose mental ability - but ketones pass the blood brain barrier and can feed the brain cells. This gives the brain cells the energy it needs to heal. I think everybody can benefit from eating 1-3 Tbs of coconut oil each day, more if you are dealing with a chronic disease. It slows the absorption of carbs from a meal, another benefit. It helps increase insulin sensitivity. A lightly processed coconut milk is just the flesh pressed. Coconut flour is dehydrated defatted coconut. These lightly processed foods are not the same as highly processed, refined products. I agree with balance, but I don't think we need to worry about eating coconut oil and coconut foods.

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on November 03, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Thank you so much. This was very helpful.

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on October 30, 2011
at 06:05 PM

I was pretty hardcore with the coconut for a while--especially coconut milk and oil which I used in a daily smoothie. But then I started having reactions to it so I had to scale back...a lot. No more smoothies for me. I do ok with a bit of coconut oil used in a cooking and a sprinkle of coconut on top of something, but more than that and I regret it.

I love using coconut milk in curries, so I'm hoping I'll be able to add that back in as a once in a while thing soon.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on November 04, 2011
at 11:59 PM

I think that was my issue, too. I made some curry a couple of days ago and did just fine. It seems like I just need to stay away from it in the morning.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:13 PM

It gives me a stomach ache as well if I drink a coco smoothie in the morning. I seem to do ok later on in the day though.

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