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feeling nauseous from coconut oil?

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Created July 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I cooked with coconut oil before with no problem, last night I had a spoonful of coconut oil. A few hours later I felt nauseous and this morning I feel worse. I feel like I have to throw up but I cant. Any reason or advice? Thank you

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125 · July 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Same thing happens to me. If I use it in cooking it's fine, but if I take a spoonful straight or eat a coconut oil based chocolate (coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup), it really upsets my stomach. It takes a while for my stomach to calm down after too.

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24538 · July 11, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Totally normal response. I did the same thing. Use it in stuff or have a spoonful right before another meal, but eating it straight and then going about your business, especially right before bed is asking for trouble.

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11048 · July 11, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The only fat I can eat straight is butter. My gag reflex heats up if I try to eat a spoonful of anything else. It's never made it to my stomach to find out if it makes me nauseous or not.

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13635 · July 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I don't have an answer, but I have the same problem when I eat straight fat. That includes coconut oil, but coconut oil is easier for me to eat straight. The thought of eating other fats and oils straight makes me gag.

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210 · July 11, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I have definitely gotten nauseous (wanting to throw up, etc.) from eating a spoonful of coconut oil. There will be some discomfort, but it should pass.

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24538 · July 11, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Totally normal response. I did the same thing. Use it in stuff or have a spoonful right before another meal, but eating it straight and then going about your business, especially right before bed is asking for trouble.

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11254 · July 11, 2012 at 9:07 PM

This thread was a revelation to me: http://paleohacks.com/questions/114930/responding-badly-to-coconut-oil-and-butter I was actually trying to eat the stuff anyway, because it is supposed to be so good for you.
I have noticed this is one of those areas in which more refined products may be better than the 'virgin' products because the allergens are proteins found in the sparkly fairy dust we like to think our minimally processed 'natural' foods are doused with.

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0 · July 05, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I get an upset stomach from coconut oil every once in awhile. I heard taking bentonite clay can help make you feel better, but would they counter act each other?

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0 · November 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Thanks for all the advice! I took my first tsp of VCO and was nauceous. It must be killing the h pylori in my gut, which is why I'm taking it. YEA!!!

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189 · September 22, 2012 at 11:56 PM

coconut oil is also an anti-candida (yeast) as well as an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. maybe the "flora" in your gut is a little off or shocked by the properties of the coconut oil. i would start your consumption at a smaller amount and see if that effects you. coconut oil has done wonders for me- my skin, hair, health, and blood work are all phenomenal compared to before paleo

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93 · September 22, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Sally Fallon was asked this question in one of the Underground Wellness podcasts. She said that you need to train your body to get used to so much fat. She recommends that you start with only a teaspoon or so before a meal and work your way up.

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3979 · September 22, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Just eat it with food. The body isn't used to handling pure fat like that.

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1418 · July 12, 2012 at 12:30 AM

It's best to eat straight coconut oil off of a spoon on an empty stomach from my experience. People should remember that 1 coconut has the equivalent of 3-4 tablespoons of oil. So eating more than that wouldn't be great( if using to cook you can use more if you want). I find that when you are new to eating coconut oil straight, it tends to make you nauseous. Maybe it is due to the fact it has immune enhancing properties{and the anti viral(due to lauric acid that I beleive gets turned into monolaurin), anti fungal, anti bacterial properties), that it is a bit strong if you go too fast and hard with the "dose". If you eat it with food, it can cause diahrrea and/or nausea/vomiting(this is from experience). Try just a little teaspoon at a time and work your way up.

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-2 · September 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Your body will start detoxifying from the coconut oil which means it is doing its job. Remember that coconut oil makes you nauseated but you rarely throw up from it.

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