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How should I go about eating more coconut oil?

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Created March 02, 2010 at 5:53 PM

So, I bought some coconut oil from the store. It is not what I expected at all. I thought it would be something like olive oil, and instead it looks more like flaky lard. But its supposed to have good fat so I want to use it.

Currently, I have been using it to cook vegetables in, stir-fry style in a wok. I've tried just eating it with a spoon, and that was pretty interesting. It was extremely rich, and made me feel a little nauseated.

How else can I use it? I'm not into baking, so that is right out.

39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

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on February 05, 2011
at 10:07 PM

I take a tablespoon straight from the jar before bed to avoid cravings in the middle of the night and it works wonders. Be sure to get the unrefined stuff because studies show it has more health benefits, plus it tastes better!

Eeefb4a4b2ac14b006f087cf77ba9f23

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on February 05, 2011
at 09:05 PM

Oooh this sounds awesome!

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on February 05, 2011
at 08:37 PM

I tried it straight be spoon as a way to stomp out gingivitis, and it turned out to be very effective if you can stand swishing it around your mouth once your body heat melts it. I found it super yummy.

D05e94d3fa7fbf32eb56445ad932f654

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on October 18, 2010
at 02:15 AM

I often eat a medium-sized spoonful of coconut oil and throw 5-6 macadamia nuts in my mouth. The resulting texture is amazing and the taste is great!

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on April 06, 2010
at 08:41 AM

Well we'd only eat them in very small quantities in most evolutionary contexts and they're digested very quickly, so you get a huge hit of energy all at once (through the portal vein) rather than the normal slow digestion of LCT. The nausea is widely reported though: http://www.nutritionreview.org/library/mcts.php

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on April 06, 2010
at 07:06 AM

Why can MCT be the cause of nausea ?

E33349632273b5664d921fd7d673a7bf

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on March 06, 2010
at 09:01 PM

I love mixing it with almond butter (equal parts of each) to put on basically anything - meat, salad, steamed veggies, etc.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 02, 2010
at 08:30 PM

Or try a sun lamp! Or cuddle it! haha I came to Mexico expecting my lard to do the same- melt in the heat. Hasn't worked out.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

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on March 02, 2010
at 08:09 PM

That's a cool idea Ed, I think I will try that!

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

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on March 02, 2010
at 07:44 PM

Yeah, I basically just spooned a big piece out of the jar and downed it. It didn't taste bad, which surprised me. However, I could only stomach the one table spoon worth. SO rich!

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

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on March 02, 2010
at 07:43 PM

Ah Hah! So I can thank the winter temperatures for the lard like texture? I suppose I should expect it to liquefy in the coming months.

52cae90a114ca8f0404948e2b7ccb7ef

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on March 02, 2010
at 06:22 PM

I've eaten it with a spoon on the way to adding some to my coffee a few times.

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70d9359a2086e890a4c3bccb2ba8a8cb

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on March 02, 2010
at 06:20 PM

Why not eat straight from the spoon? I do it all the time and it's yummy (sometimes hard to stop)!

Dark chocolate (yes, I know, not strictly paleo) with coconut oil is a great combination. You can either place a spoonful of solid coconut oil on a square of dark chocolate and eat as is, or you can melt the chocolate (or unsweetened cocoa powder) with coconut oil, cool until it thickens or hardens.

Other ideas: use it to make scrambled eggs, add it to soups and sauces. Some people also add a bit in their coffee (in addition to or instead of coconut milk) - I've tried it and while it does add some flavour, it's not great as it just forms an oily layer on top. But some people seem to enjoy it.

52cae90a114ca8f0404948e2b7ccb7ef

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on March 02, 2010
at 06:22 PM

I've eaten it with a spoon on the way to adding some to my coffee a few times.

D05e94d3fa7fbf32eb56445ad932f654

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on October 18, 2010
at 02:15 AM

I often eat a medium-sized spoonful of coconut oil and throw 5-6 macadamia nuts in my mouth. The resulting texture is amazing and the taste is great!

39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

(1505)

on February 05, 2011
at 10:07 PM

I take a tablespoon straight from the jar before bed to avoid cravings in the middle of the night and it works wonders. Be sure to get the unrefined stuff because studies show it has more health benefits, plus it tastes better!

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on March 03, 2010
at 12:59 AM

You could try using it to make:

  • pemmican - instead of lard.
  • nut butter - just add a few tablespoons to a cup or three of ground nuts.
  • chocolate - just add 1 part oil to 1 part cocoa powder and a sweetener of your choice. Freeze until solid. Break into pieces. I like adding cinnamon too to get that extra kick.

E33349632273b5664d921fd7d673a7bf

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on March 06, 2010
at 09:01 PM

I love mixing it with almond butter (equal parts of each) to put on basically anything - meat, salad, steamed veggies, etc.

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E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

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on March 02, 2010
at 07:24 PM

Eat it with a spoon, mix it into yogurt, cottage cheese or oatmeal or rice as it's cooking (if you're into those not-strictly-paleo foods). Cook eggs in it, pour it liquid over a mix of walnuts and blueberries...

As others have mentioned, mixing it with cocoa powder or in smoothies is good too.

I don't like it in coffee either, but some do.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 02, 2010
at 06:57 PM

It is temperature sensitive so if it is like flaky lard it must be in a cooler environment- coconut oil becomes liquid at 76 degrees F, and is solid below that temp. I use it in all kinds of cooking and put a spoonful in breakfast smoothies.

It is a very shelf stable oil and is good for higher temperature cooking. Made some (coconut oil) deep fried white fish (dorado) coated in coconut flakes for dinner one night- yum!

You can mash cauliflower like potatoes for a lower carb dish, and add some coconut oil to that along with a dab of butter or some grated cheese if you do dairy.

(And down here in the hot sun, it is great to keep your hair shiny and healthy! Just rub a small amount in your hands, then rub your hands through your hair.)

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

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on March 02, 2010
at 07:43 PM

Ah Hah! So I can thank the winter temperatures for the lard like texture? I suppose I should expect it to liquefy in the coming months.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 02, 2010
at 08:30 PM

Or try a sun lamp! Or cuddle it! haha I came to Mexico expecting my lard to do the same- melt in the heat. Hasn't worked out.

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on March 02, 2010
at 06:23 PM

I haven't tried it yet, but when I run out of lard, I plan to try it in a confit

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A80c7d214526e4c4a3a3fe36a7f8b38e

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on March 08, 2010
at 01:04 AM

One of my favorite breakfasts is to saute veggies - usually chopped onions & peppers & spinach in coconut oil, then mix in scrambled eggs. Top with salsa.

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D15d6820ef1545edac65e975cc2d8949

on March 07, 2010
at 11:12 AM

If you buy a can of coconut milk and store it in the fridge for a few hours, the water will separate from the fat, and you'll end up with coconut butter at about 50-60% (?) fat content.

Mix with vanilla extract (vanilla & alcohol, IIRC), and you'll have a delicious ice cream-tasting dessert!

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on March 03, 2010
at 03:08 AM

Get a Magic Bullet.

Add 4-5 strawberries, a handful of blueberries, scoop of cashew butter (or any nut butter), scoop of coconut oil, and about a cup of heavy cream. Throw in a few ice cubes and blend. Awesome breakfast food.

Eeefb4a4b2ac14b006f087cf77ba9f23

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on February 05, 2011
at 09:05 PM

Oooh this sounds awesome!

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on March 02, 2010
at 08:10 PM

The nausea while eating it with a spoon would likely have been a consequence of the MCT itself, which is known to cause nausea (especially in 'beginners'). So increasing the amount gradually might do more for the nausea than just finding different preparation methods to change the taste.

Anyway I'm with Ed, Anna and Gazelle, it sounds perfect for your quick morning smoothie, would mix in, no trouble.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on April 06, 2010
at 07:06 AM

Why can MCT be the cause of nausea ?

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on April 06, 2010
at 08:41 AM

Well we'd only eat them in very small quantities in most evolutionary contexts and they're digested very quickly, so you get a huge hit of energy all at once (through the portal vein) rather than the normal slow digestion of LCT. The nausea is widely reported though: http://www.nutritionreview.org/library/mcts.php

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15d23403fb836f2b506f4f3ad2c03356

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on March 02, 2010
at 06:19 PM

Use it in mashed potatoes. Use it in any rice dish. Use it for cooking. Use it in scrambled eggs. Use it on steamed vegetables with vinegar.

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21084e275703e9a3909dafa28e5d29b5

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on February 05, 2011
at 07:35 PM

Any fish or seafood I cook in coconut oil. It's yummy and brings out the best in the fish or seafood. I also cook my paleo pancakes in coconut oil because if find it naturally sweetens them. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/almond-banana-pancakes/

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 05, 2011
at 07:17 PM

I spread virgin coconut oil with a knife over my steaks and vegetables, it melts and tastes delicious. Can easily replace non-paleo butter and is much safer to eat long-term in my opinion.

And yes you have to add coconut oil into your diet slowly, eating too much as a beginner will certainly cause nauesa. I had to lay down one time cause I was hit so hard after 2 tablespoons in a short amount of time when I first started eating it as a fat.

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on March 08, 2010
at 12:40 AM

I haven't tried it yet, but I recently bought some planning to use it in for my morning protein drink. I add hot water to some chocolate whey protein (yeah, not paleo ... more like Mark Sisson primal :). I've been adding cream, but have decided to go as casein-free as possible. So I was looking for a fat that would go flavor-wise. Plus, figured I could have that on hand as an emergency ration -- no refrigeration needed!

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on March 06, 2010
at 01:05 PM

maybe a bit high in fruit, but delicious:

fry bacon and some fruits (apple, pear, ...) in lots of coconut oil. add cinnemon to taste. serve sprinkled with shredded coconut.

improvise as you will. use a large amount of bacon. tastes good with some eggs.

don't be shy to lick your plate to get all the coconut oil :)

and don't be afraid to eat it with the spoon...

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245c53790116339bcc79fb789f6f9c9d

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on March 05, 2010
at 01:59 AM

Another breakfast drink:

2 cups hot tea (I like chai) 4 tbsp coconut oil 1 or 2 egg yolks stevia if you use it

blend in the blender (quickly before your eggs cook). drink. feel impervious to hunger.

also:

On huntgatherlove I have been wanting to try a suggestion I saw to use coconut oil to make confit in the page comments.

Coconut oil is my fat of choice for cooking at high temperatures because it is so stable.

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on March 02, 2010
at 09:50 PM

a little bit (because it doesn't mix) can work on top of my tea. I second the mashed potatoes. I have only tried (and enjoyed it) with sweet potatoes. The flavor can be strong for many people so mixing it half with butter/ghee or something else can be helpful. Also second the eggs.

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on March 02, 2010
at 07:59 PM

David, I'm combining my answer for this question and your previous question concerning "late for work" breakfast replacement ( http://paleohacks.com/questions/1222/critique-my-late-for-work-meal-replacement ). In a shaker, pour in 1 cup milk or half-and-half, then add more cream if desired. Add your scoop of whey protein powder on top. Melt 1 oz. of coconut oil in the microwave, then drizzle it onto the protein powder. Before the coconut oil hardens, shake the mixture until smooth. Not paleo, but a quick breakfast replacement in a pinch.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

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on March 02, 2010
at 08:09 PM

That's a cool idea Ed, I think I will try that!

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03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

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on March 02, 2010
at 06:17 PM

You tried eating it with a spoon!? LOL.

Sorry to laugh David, but that thought would never have occurred to me! Now, coconut milk I could understand, although I've never spooned that either.

The oil is basically just used for cooking, as far as I know.

If you are really into getting more coconut, there's also dried coconut flakes that come in bag that you can add to salads and things.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on March 02, 2010
at 07:44 PM

Yeah, I basically just spooned a big piece out of the jar and downed it. It didn't taste bad, which surprised me. However, I could only stomach the one table spoon worth. SO rich!

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on February 05, 2011
at 08:37 PM

I tried it straight be spoon as a way to stomp out gingivitis, and it turned out to be very effective if you can stand swishing it around your mouth once your body heat melts it. I found it super yummy.

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