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wont coconut oil nix the probiotics in my smoothie?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 11, 2013 at 7:47 PM

We are on the GAPS diet, which emphasises the importance of ferments as well as fats. The problem is, if coconut oil is antibacterial/viral, wont it nix the probiotics in the ferments we are eating at any meal? I like to put it in a smoothie coupled with kefir, and probiotic powder.

Is there any point?

Im not sure how to maximize the use of coconut oil....

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on July 12, 2013
at 02:53 PM

@ Axial... thanks for simplifying the answer I linked! It was rather long.

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on July 12, 2013
at 02:06 PM

Lily may have been referring to the lauric acid portion of the post. Looks like somebody else did an analysis of the anti-bacterial parts of coconut oil and found that most of them are also found in breast milk, which means that the beneficial bacteria in our guts should be immune to them already (although I haven't actually fact-checked that analysis) http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1691788

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on July 11, 2013
at 08:16 PM

The top-rated answer says that there's no evidence that coconut oil has antimicrobial properties outside of a petri dish. However, mixing probiotics together with coconut oil in a smoothie is pretty similar to a petri dish situation.

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67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on July 11, 2013
at 07:51 PM

I really liked the top-voted answer here.

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on July 12, 2013
at 02:53 PM

@ Axial... thanks for simplifying the answer I linked! It was rather long.

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

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on July 12, 2013
at 02:06 PM

Lily may have been referring to the lauric acid portion of the post. Looks like somebody else did an analysis of the anti-bacterial parts of coconut oil and found that most of them are also found in breast milk, which means that the beneficial bacteria in our guts should be immune to them already (although I haven't actually fact-checked that analysis) http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1691788

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 11, 2013
at 08:16 PM

The top-rated answer says that there's no evidence that coconut oil has antimicrobial properties outside of a petri dish. However, mixing probiotics together with coconut oil in a smoothie is pretty similar to a petri dish situation.

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on July 13, 2013
at 01:49 PM

Thankyou for these comments and the link. So....from what i can gather, you might be able to mix coconut oil with probiotics, but then again, it might be better to separate them by an hour.

Thats not really doable- all our meals have probiotic content, and all of them oil/fat content. Coconut oil has to fit in there somewhere (and it really is nice in a smoothie)

For now, i am putting coconut oil in the smoothie for pure convenience.

All my kids were breastfed for extended periods, so i guess much of their flora is immune to lauric acid...but would that mean pathogens inherited through mothers milk (in the same way some are inherited through the vaginal passage at birth) are also immune? If so, then coconut oil wont do much for eliminating older pathogens....

Btw, isnt it the case that many vegetable oils have antimicrobial/viral properties-sesame oil, olive oil....probably every every vegetable oil.. in the same way grains contain phytates...its the plants defense mechanism....

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