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Is coconut milk inflammatory?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 15, 2010 at 8:42 PM

According to this site and others http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3113/2

Coconut milk is highly inflammatory. However, Paleo is meant to be highly anti-inflammatory, is this information correct and the inflammation from consuming coconut milk is balanced out from other aspects of the paleo diet or is the information on this link incorrect? It does state that all saturated fats are inflammatory. Thanks

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 12, 2012
at 05:11 PM

@Julie - What brand do you use that has no chemicals?

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on January 30, 2012
at 04:29 PM

I would also use coconut milk in the carton because of the chemicals in the can.

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on March 15, 2011
at 06:29 PM

That sounds delicious. I would use raw honey instead of stevia if I had it though.

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on April 15, 2010
at 09:31 PM

Highlight from source "Several studies have found a correlation between the amount of saturated fat in the diet and the level of inflammatory chemicals in the blood. But this might still be considered circumstantial evidence." Thanks Patrick, looks like I didn't search their sight enough. Checked Google and didn't really come up with much. Looks like more Conventional Wisdom backed by assumption and preconceptions.

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on April 15, 2010
at 08:53 PM

Read this:

http://blog.nutritiondata.com/ndblog/2007/05/why-is-saturate.html

From my perspective, their "IF Rating system" is garbage -- as in Garbage In, Garbage Out.

8063ffc4fa6b60a1275171659f8a14f0

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on April 15, 2010
at 09:31 PM

Highlight from source "Several studies have found a correlation between the amount of saturated fat in the diet and the level of inflammatory chemicals in the blood. But this might still be considered circumstantial evidence." Thanks Patrick, looks like I didn't search their sight enough. Checked Google and didn't really come up with much. Looks like more Conventional Wisdom backed by assumption and preconceptions.

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on April 15, 2010
at 09:46 PM

Lauric acid (50% of the fat content of coconut) is anti-inflammatory, it's what you find in breast milk.

Moreover, low-carb diets consistently lower Crp.

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on December 07, 2010
at 04:02 AM

Was just about to ask the same thing. I just discovered a great new "dessert":

  • 1 can of coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia (optional)
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder

Mix and let it set overnight. Chocolate pudding!!! :)

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on March 15, 2011
at 06:29 PM

That sounds delicious. I would use raw honey instead of stevia if I had it though.

5f3e1f803d7a9b8704bb11cda26bcf9a

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on January 30, 2012
at 04:29 PM

I would also use coconut milk in the carton because of the chemicals in the can.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 12, 2012
at 05:11 PM

@Julie - What brand do you use that has no chemicals?

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on November 30, 2010
at 10:27 PM

i was just about to post this same question... ... my research shows that in fact they might be mistaken about that. the IF rating seems to be based solely on amount of saturated fat, but NOT type or kind. Obviously an immature measure at best. I was concerned as I began searching for comparisons of coconut milk to Raw Cow's milk... any newer thoughts on this?

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on April 15, 2010
at 09:54 PM

I don't believe coconuts contain any short chain omega 6s, one of the higher of the inflammatory fatty acids.

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