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Coconut Allergy Advice

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Created July 21, 2011 at 6:28 PM

I've been paleo for about 2 months. On the advice of my naturupath, when I made the Paleo switch I increased my coconut oil consumption and started drinking/ using coconut milk daily. Previously I had used coconut oil in some of my cooking and topically for my skin. I've never had a problem with coconut and hadn't had a problem with the oil, but over the last week I've been beginning to wonder if I'm allergic. I've been getting a scratchy throat and some "tingly" feelings in my face, as well as what feels like some mucus build up when when I consume it.

Related to Coconut oil, does anyone know if it's possible to be allergic to coconut, but not the oil? I just remember from years ago (when my daughter has suspected allergies) hearing that often food allergies are to the protein in an item, so because there's little to no protein in a fat or oil, people who are allergic to a food can have that same food's "fat". So some people who have dairy allergies can have butter and some people with peanut allergies can have peanut oil. Just wondering if that's true of the coconut. I haven't really experimented over the last few days with just the pure oil and how I feel after I eat just oil.

I'm very disappointed, but I'm prepared to remove coconut from my diet to figure out if that's what's going on. I'm just wondering, since this will be my first experiment with an allergy, how many days should I go without consuming an item before testing it again? And how long do I give it to determine if there's a reaction?

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3631 · July 22, 2011 at 2:23 AM

i'm not convinced of candida/die-off either; but especially not IRT coconut consumption. i know what you're saying though.

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2640 · July 21, 2011 at 11:11 PM

I've heard that drinking coconut milk can exacerbate the "die-off" symptoms, especially the sore throat as the OP described but to be honest with you, I'm not even 100% sure if I believe all the Candida die-off hype myself, which is why I recommend people research it themselves before jumping to that conclusion.

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3631 · July 21, 2011 at 11:02 PM

i dunno... if the poster has been consuming coconut pretty regularly, it doesn't really seem like it would suddenly be causing die-off. Her symptoms sound more like an up-and-coming allergy to me.

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78422 · July 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Don't have answers for you, but you might find this piece by Chris Kresser helpful in exploring your symptoms and possible causes for them. http://thehealthyskeptic.org/3-reasons-why-coconut-milk-may-not-be-your-friend

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2640 · July 21, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Coconut is a strong antibacterial agent and can cause some people to have symptoms that indicate a possible candida die-off such as you described. You might want to look into that possibility before giving it up completely.

Here's a link: Candida

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2640 · July 21, 2011 at 11:11 PM

I've heard that drinking coconut milk can exacerbate the "die-off" symptoms, especially the sore throat as the OP described but to be honest with you, I'm not even 100% sure if I believe all the Candida die-off hype myself, which is why I recommend people research it themselves before jumping to that conclusion.

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3631 · July 22, 2011 at 2:23 AM

i'm not convinced of candida/die-off either; but especially not IRT coconut consumption. i know what you're saying though.

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3631 · July 21, 2011 at 11:02 PM

i dunno... if the poster has been consuming coconut pretty regularly, it doesn't really seem like it would suddenly be causing die-off. Her symptoms sound more like an up-and-coming allergy to me.

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0 · March 19, 2014 at 3:26 PM

I'm sort of curious about this as well. My daughter got major hives yesterday. I did put a couple tablespoons of coconut oil to cook veggies yesterday. She also gets symptoms with coconut milk and water. But not flakes. Is this possible?

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0 · August 28, 2013 at 9:47 PM

@themommybug, did you find an answer after cutting it out?

I think I am allergic as well. My meals today included foods I ate yesterday plus half of a sweet potato + some coconut milk.

I now have mucus type build up in my throat/sinuses as well as sinus congestion.

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