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    Hi all. I'm hoping to pick your brains about a possible food reaction to coconut milk.


    I made a coconut milk eggnog last night by the lady behind this blog: My Primal Adventures and it was tasty. However, I suffered in some pretty serious stomach pain and nausea for the rest of the evening and still feel 'off' today. After drinking it I remembered that when I made coconut milk hot chocolate a few months ago, I had a similar reaction (you'd think I'd remember that kind of thing eh?). What would you do? Eliminate coconut products altogether? Continue on with coconut oil and other coconut products (no noticeable reaction)?

    Thanks in advance,
    Andrea

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    Originally posted by andreaincolombia View Post
    Hi all. I'm hoping to pick your brains about a possible food reaction to coconut milk.


    I made a coconut milk eggnog last night by the lady behind this blog: My Primal Adventures and it was tasty. However, I suffered in some pretty serious stomach pain and nausea for the rest of the evening and still feel 'off' today. After drinking it I remembered that when I made coconut milk hot chocolate a few months ago, I had a similar reaction (you'd think I'd remember that kind of thing eh?). What would you do? Eliminate coconut products altogether? Continue on with coconut oil and other coconut products (no noticeable reaction)?

    Thanks in advance,
    Andrea
    Make your own coconut milk, don't buy it in a can or tetra pack, see if that works for you. It's easy to make (don't be lazy), it tastes 100 times better on top of it. Grok wasn't carrying a can opener.

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    • #3
      That's just how coconut milk affects people. It's the monounsaturated fat, I believe. If you aren't used to it, or used to using it in such high amounts, just back off from it a bit. I'm sure you'll be fine. Most people can adjust to higher amounts over time. I used to have stomach pain, nausea, and "evacuation" from coconut oil, but don't anymore. Coconut milk still makes me feel sick if I don't water it down/have too much.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
        That's just how coconut milk affects people. It's the monounsaturated fat, I believe. If you aren't used to it, or used to using it in such high amounts, just back off from it a bit. I'm sure you'll be fine. Most people can adjust to higher amounts over time. I used to have stomach pain, nausea, and "evacuation" from coconut oil, but don't anymore. Coconut milk still makes me feel sick if I don't water it down/have too much.
        Maybe coconut milk has antinutrients and antinutrients nazis haven't discovered them yet. Our guru and his disciples can't know everything, can they?

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        • #5
          Yeah maybe consumed in high quantities can have more of a negative effect on you. Also can be because of added ingredients that keep the milk from separating from the water, I think, like Zanthan Gum or Guar gum. I used to have terrible headaches when I drank it with coffee so I stopped. Last time I had eliminated it for a while, bought a can and drank a little straight up- one of the worst stomach pains I've had in a while. But if I drink it mixed with other things, the effects aren't that strong. hmmpphh...

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          • #6
            -It's the medium chain triglycerides that are the issue (not that it's monounsatured).
            -Could be fructose malabsorption (have issues with lactose or fruit?).
            -Could just be more fat than you are used to consuming.

            Sorry, was being lazy before. There are a lot of variables at play. Just try less in the future, or don't use it.
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            • #7
              It's probably the carrageenan.

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              • #8
                Grok wasn't carrying a can opener.[/QUOTE]

                He also wasn't typing on a keyboard.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cfrizzle88 View Post
                  It's probably the carrageenan.
                  This and it probably has guar gum as well.

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                  • #10
                    I'd just use it more sparinly. I usually use one can for one pot of curry, that'll last me a couple of days. Never had problems with that.

                    Made coconutmilk hot chocolate the other day, I didn't get sick but it made me feel sort of unwell, so won't eat it like that again.

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                    • #11
                      Find a brand that doesn't have all the gums, stabilizers, etc. involved. One that has one ingredient, Coconuts. I like Aroy-D.
                      Also, like NW said, too much of a good thing is still too much especially if you are not used to it.

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                      • #12
                        I have the same issue, so I just tend not to eat it. I'll throw some in a curry, but that's about it. I did make some coconut milk hot chocolate once, and it made me quite ill. Ever since I really don't use it much. I feel like coconut milk doesn't have anything that I can't get somewhere else, so it isn't worth it to me personally. But if other coconut products don't bother you, I see no reason to cut it out. I still use the oil on occasion and eat coconut manna with no problems.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KathyH View Post
                          Make your own coconut milk, don't buy it in a can or tetra pack, see if that works for you. It's easy to make (don't be lazy), it tastes 100 times better on top of it. Grok wasn't carrying a can opener.
                          Really?! Some of us have a lot of other stuff going on and don't have time to make our own coconut milk--it's not laziness to choose to use premade coconut milk so that you can spend time with your family or volunteer in your community or take time to go for a walk. Buying canned stuff that contains only water and coconut milk is fine.

                          If you want to be a purist about what "Grok would do" then I suggest that an internet message board is maybe not in keeping with your caveman recreationist lifestyle.

                          Anyhow, OP, if other forms of coconut don't cause you an issue, it might just have been consuming a larger quantity of coconut all at once. Or as others have said, it might be an additive in the brand of coconut milk you're using.
                          If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive. --Audre Lorde

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Owly View Post
                            Really?! Some of us have a lot of other stuff going on and don't have time to make our own coconut milk--it's not laziness to choose to use premade coconut milk so that you can spend time with your family or volunteer in your community or take time to go for a walk. Buying canned stuff that contains only water and coconut milk is fine.

                            If you want to be a purist about what "Grok would do" then I suggest that an internet message board is maybe not in keeping with your caveman recreationist lifestyle.

                            Anyhow, OP, if other forms of coconut don't cause you an issue, it might just have been consuming a larger quantity of coconut all at once. Or as others have said, it might be an additive in the brand of coconut milk you're using.
                            5min. Thats all it takes.
                            You should stop cooking so you can spend more time volunteering and on a way back you can just hit a drive through.
                            Did you know that you could make coconut milk, volunteer and also spend time with your family? How about volunteering to teach your family how to make coconut milk in 5min. If not you can just stick to processed foods.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by KathyH View Post
                              5min. Thats all it takes.
                              You should stop cooking so you can spend more time volunteering and on a way back you can just hit a drive through.
                              Did you know that you could make coconut milk, volunteer and also spend time with your family? How about volunteering to teach your family how to make coconut milk in 5min. If not you can just stick to processed foods.
                              You're welcome to completely sacrifice your entire life on the altar of primal. I will continue to eat healthy meals that I cook for myself with the aid of such horrible, horrible things as tinned coconut milk and canned tomatoes. Because I'm very sure that those foods are totally making everyone fat.

                              It's not a binary choice between everything from scratch and the drive through.
                              If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive. --Audre Lorde

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