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Does coconut oil cause intestinal problems?

post #1 of 11
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I just recently began eating organic, extra-virgin, and cold-pressed coconut oil. I take around 2 teaspoons+ per day by the spoonful and trying to move my way up to about 3 tablespoons. It feels like there is a lot of movement within my intestinal tract. I only notice this when I'm trying to sleep, and don't really notice any other problems. I had done a lot of research on coconut oil before taking it so I know other people have reported problems when they started taking it and then the problems went away shortly. I'm not sure what to think. Should I be worried about this?
post #2 of 11
Fat is fat as far as your digestive system is concerned, so if you have a sensitive digestive system, eating a significant amount of any kind of fat might upset your tummy. Three (or even two) tablespoons of fat at a time would definitely upset my stomach. But everyone is different, so go with your gut. (I'm pretty funny, huh.)



I'm curious, I know there are some studies about the benefits of coconut oil, but what made you decide to eat so much of it?
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Originally Posted by eggplant View Post

I'm curious, I know there are some studies about the benefits of coconut oil, but what made you decide to eat so much of it?

I don't feel like I'm healthy enough right now, and the coconut oil is only around $23 for more than 50 ounces. I read a book just about coconut oil and all the benefits it can do for your skin, health, etc. It can fight viruses, and there are a lot of illnesses it can prevent too. There's even been studies that show it can help AIDS patients. So, it only makes sense that I would take some. I've read more positive reviews about coconut oil than just about any other food around.
post #4 of 11
I am a big fan of virgin coconut oil too. And the answer is yes, it does have a tendency to make your bowels move, especially while you are getting used to it. I wouldn't worry about it.
post #5 of 11
Wow. I'm a coconut oil fan as well, but that's a LOT of oil. It doesn't affect my digestive system, but... I don't begin to use that much of it either. Interesting.
post #6 of 11
you'd probably just be fine using it IN things... I don't think it's any less effective if you use it as a butter (yum) for toast or even use it for cooking. Maybe reduce to just eating one spoon a day but cooking with it and putting it in oatmeal and stuff?
post #7 of 11
I use coconut oil. I don't think 2-3 tsp is a lot considering in fried foods the oil is soaked in by the food. I think a tsp is the average serving used to butter toast. I probably eat that much oil per day. As for the intestinal problems, I think some people have issues with eating new things. I didn't have any problems when I started to use it. I guess "wait it out."
post #8 of 11
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I didn't have any problems yesterday. Hopefully that's a good sign.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Tofu-N-Sprouts View Post

Wow. I'm a coconut oil fan as well, but that's a LOT of oil. It doesn't affect my digestive system, but... I don't begin to use that much of it either. Interesting.



The recommendations I've read are 3-4 tablespoons per day for best health. It would cost me around $20-25 per month so the cost is the bigger problem, but it's worth it when you consider all of the benefits.
post #10 of 11
like anything, new foods take time to adjust to.



i use a lot of coconut oil (cooking with it might be a better option for ya). i haven't had any problems from using it.
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Originally Posted by Gita View Post

I use coconut oil. I don't think 2-3 tsp is a lot considering in fried foods the oil is soaked in by the food. I think a tsp is the average serving used to butter toast. I probably eat that much oil per day.



Yeah, I was mostly responding to the 3 TABLESPOONS part of the OP. A couple teaspoons isn't that much but Tablespoons?
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