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Creamed coconut mostly diet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 17, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I've wanted to add more coconut in my diet and so I've started consuming creamed coconut. I've noticed that its very filling, a couple of spoons makes for a quick and paleo breakfast with some coffee that also fights off brain fog in the morning.

So I was wondering, what if my diet consisted mostly of creamed coconut. As long as I stay under my calorie restriction, what's the pro/con to this approach?

Sure creamed coconut a densely fat/calorie meal but at least there's no gluten or cholesterol to worry about. Also, it's a good source of protein and fiber. The saturated fat content is a suitable con, but its not animal fat.

What do you think?

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on August 17, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Bunch of nasty stools and stomach aches too.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on August 17, 2013
at 08:31 PM

Not that this is relevant to your answer to the OP's question.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on August 17, 2013
at 08:31 PM

I think I've mentioned this before so please stop me if I'm wrong, but trans-fats are never saturated. They're just more saturated than the PUFA they were made from. The trans- configuration refers to the location of the "missing" hydrogen atoms on the carbon backbone. Artificial saturated fats are not trans-fats, and are structurally identical to a naturally-occurring saturated fat with the same number of carbon atoms.

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on August 17, 2013
at 01:33 PM

Coconut cream is very healthy, but the "calorie restriction" part of your post is not. Also getting the majority of your calories from just one source will eventually lead to nutrient deficiencies. It would be no different if I got all of my calories from (insert any one food here), I would be missing something else. Focus on eating a variety of whole foods, meats, vegetables, with some fruits and nuts thrown in for good measure.

You also commented that coconut cream was saturated fat, as if that is bad, and that it was cholesterol free and not animal fat, as if that was good. Both parts of the statement are incorrect at best, and flat out wrong at worst. Naturally occurring saturated fats are healthy (as opposed to man-made trans fats), and cholesterol is a precurser to nearly every hormone the body makes.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on August 17, 2013
at 08:31 PM

Not that this is relevant to your answer to the OP's question.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on August 17, 2013
at 08:31 PM

I think I've mentioned this before so please stop me if I'm wrong, but trans-fats are never saturated. They're just more saturated than the PUFA they were made from. The trans- configuration refers to the location of the "missing" hydrogen atoms on the carbon backbone. Artificial saturated fats are not trans-fats, and are structurally identical to a naturally-occurring saturated fat with the same number of carbon atoms.

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on August 17, 2013
at 01:52 PM

Ugh, restricted diets are stupid. Stop, just stop. Eat a varied diet high in plants and enough meat for protein and micronutrient needs.

Coconut is not some magic super-food. It's sort of lousy really, being mostly saturated fat, something we did not evolve eating tons of. There's next to no micronutrients in it either. No paltry protein, no essential fats, lots of insoluble (worthless) fiber.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on August 17, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Bunch of nasty stools and stomach aches too.

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on August 17, 2013
at 01:06 PM

Existing on this type of 'meal plan' (if you can even call it that) is going to set you up for failure in the long run. You're missing out on essential vitamins and minerals when you limit yourself to one food like that. Sooner or later you will become deficient in something and you'll just end up setting yourself back health wise.

Eat a balanced, varied diet -- full of protein, fats AND carbohydrates (vegetables, fruits and tubers) and you'll reap the rewards.

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on August 26, 2013
at 03:51 PM

I asked a similar question myself before finding this one but I'll give you my two cents either way.

I've begun getting about 30% if not more of my calories from coconut oil and coconut cream. Mostly just coconut cream (1/2 to 1 full can a day). It's been a few weeks and I feel great, but I'm concerned like you are. The main driver of this unusual staple is price and convenience (and taste). Supposedly coconut fat is one of the best fuels for our bodies and it's super convenient and fairly cheap. I buy cans of coconut cream at Trader Joes for, I think, under $1.75.

Granted, I know well enough to mix in a variety of veggies, fruits, meats, and plenty of cheap eggs (free range when possible) to my diet.

My morning coconut cream shake typically contains a banana, strawberries and/or blueberries (usually frozen), some yogurt or raw egg, and usually some cinnamon and vanilla for good measure. This morning I tossed in some fresh greens and it was still quite palatable. I'd wager that if you don't rule out all those healthy plants and animals, getting lots (maybe even most) of calories from coconut is much better than other affordable alternatives.

Oh, and I agree be careful about restricting calories on Paleo. And don't worry too much about saturated fat and cholesterol.

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