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    Hey all!

    I have a general question regarding coconut oil. I have attempted to incorporate coconut oil into my diet several times, but I just don't know if I can tolerate it. It gives me the worst stomach cramping when I eat it. I have tried cooking food with it, eating it out of the jar, eating it with food, on an empty stomach, with coffee/tea, and it gives me pain EVERY SINGLE TIME. I've tried three different brands: Nutiva, Spectrum (this was refined) and the Whole Foods brand and have had the same issue with each. When I first started, I just started with a teaspoon per day, and increased it to finally a tablespoon per day and at any amount it gives me bad stomach pains and turns me off eating it for a while. I don't have to run to the bathroom or anything like that but the cramping in my stomach is very uncomfortable and takes a while to stop hurting.

    Is this something that will pass? Should I just NOT eat any more coconut oil? Or should I keep trying? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks everyone!

  • #2
    Some people just dont tolerate coconuts. I would absolutely avoid it if i were you.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Zach View Post
      Some people just dont tolerate coconuts. I would absolutely avoid it if i were you.
      Sorry to say it, but Zach's right and you're one such person.
      The Champagne of Beards

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      • #4
        There's a saying: If it hurts, don't eat it.
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        • #5
          Maybe it's trying to kill something bad off? Just a thought...
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          • #6
            I try to use coconut oil but it causes me gastric distress in anything but small doses.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
              Maybe it's trying to kill something bad off? Just a thought...
              Maybe it would not be a good idea to kill of whatever it is..

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Zach View Post
                Maybe it would not be a good idea to kill of whatever it is..
                But what if it's something bad like Candida or something?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                  But what if it's something bad like Candida or something?
                  Still dont think its a good idea.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by krsn89 View Post
                    Hey all!

                    I have a general question regarding coconut oil. I have attempted to incorporate coconut oil into my diet several times, but I just don't know if I can tolerate it. It gives me the worst stomach cramping when I eat it. I have tried cooking food with it, eating it out of the jar, eating it with food, on an empty stomach, with coffee/tea, and it gives me pain EVERY SINGLE TIME. I've tried three different brands: Nutiva, Spectrum (this was refined) and the Whole Foods brand and have had the same issue with each. When I first started, I just started with a teaspoon per day, and increased it to finally a tablespoon per day and at any amount it gives me bad stomach pains and turns me off eating it for a while. I don't have to run to the bathroom or anything like that but the cramping in my stomach is very uncomfortable and takes a while to stop hurting.

                    Is this something that will pass? Should I just NOT eat any more coconut oil? Or should I keep trying? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

                    Thanks everyone!
                    Does coconut milk give you the same effect?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                      But what if it's something bad like Candida or something?
                      I've read a few articles about this too... It was my initial thought. I don't think I have that... I have some of the symptoms but not a whole lot match to be honest. Kind of nervous now...

                      Originally posted by Winterbike View Post
                      Does coconut milk give you the same effect?
                      I don't think so? I don't have coconut milk too often, occasionally in some curries, but they don't bother me in that way.

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                      • #12
                        No pain, no gain. Just kidding. When I first started eating coconut products, it tended to bother me too. Take it slower, and work your way up. If coconut oil bothers you, then just stick to consuming other coconut products. In fact, you might start with eating real coconut for a while, such as coconut flakes.

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                        • #13
                          Slow and steady.

                          Try a teaspoon a day for awhile. If that doesn't work, then clearly coconut oil just isn't for you. That's okay, it's good but not necessary.

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                          • #14
                            Coconut oil has the same effect on me too. Now I take coconut milk in my morning coffee and in my warm milk at bedtime

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                            • #15
                              I have read that it might take some time for the body to become accustomed to the Lauric acid in the coconut oil.

                              I have the same problem if I eat a Tb. sp. or more of extra virgin CO in one sitting.

                              Never have problems with coconut milk, which I consume daily.

                              OP, you might want to gradually ease into it.

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