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Slightly allergic to coconut - would that cause an inflammatory response?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 03, 2010 at 2:02 AM

Hi folks, been paleo for 12 weeks now - strayed into PaNu for a short bit, but an getting back to core Paleo. One of the things I have struggled with is getting enough calories, and have been using lots of coconut oil and coconut milk in my diet. I searched and know that in general coconut oil is not what you might call an inflammatory agent. Here is the question though - I am slightly allergic to coconut (came up positive in an allergy test a few years ago, just one item in a panel I had done), and I definitely get 'thick in the throat' when I eat lots of it (mucosal production). So I am wondering, for someone who is slightly allergic to it, would it tend to be more inflammatory, and I should avoid it? Thanks!

Edit: Thought I might add - my paleo experience (aside from some fatigue) has been awesome. I was already fit when I started, at 190 lbs and 6'2" and pretty muscular - but still found room to lose over 5.5" off of my waist, and seem to have put on an equivalent mass of muscle to make up for the fat I have lost - still between 185-190 (depends on if I have fasted for a few hours or not - I seem to drop 2-3 lbs just by missing a meal). So I am just trying to fine tune things to make my diet more sustainable for me in the long term. I am actually thinking of adding potatoes back in to try and up the calories a bit...

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THanks for the advice - I cut the coconut out 2 days ago, and am surprised at the improvement I have experienced: sinuses clear as can be (this happened when I first went paleo too - but I added coconut and was congested since), and energy has gone up actually. Perhaps I am more allergic to them than I realized! Anyways, thanks again :)

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on September 03, 2010
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If you are having an allergic reaction to something, that's your body saying that it can't deal with that substance. It's telling you, "No". Listen to it.

Your reaction may seem small, but worse reactions could be taking place in the body. By definition, you are causing inflammation - throat swelling means your throat is dealing with inflammation. Are you using the word to mean something else?

Just because something isn't generally allergenic, doesn't mean you can't be allergic to it. Two of my friends are allergic to cinnamon. I recently found myself in pain after eating raw celery, which is apparently the dominant known allergen in Europe!

For calories in the paleo diet - avocado, nuts, eggs, meat, seeds. You can live without the coconut. There's no reason to suffer. Our desire to avoid suffering is why we're paleo!

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on September 06, 2010
at 01:58 AM

THanks for the advice - I cut the coconut out 2 days ago, and am surprised at the improvement I have experienced: sinuses clear as can be (this happened when I first went paleo too - but I added coconut and was congested since), and energy has gone up actually. Perhaps I am more allergic to them than I realized! Anyways, thanks again :)

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