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Why eat coconut oil straight?

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Created September 29, 2011 at 4:08 PM

I like coconut as much as the next person. I cook with coconut milk, fry with coconut oil, eat shredded coconut regularly. I understand it's a generally healthful food. But where did people get this idea to eat straight coconut oil?

I see coconut oil as something that one can incorporate into one's diet as one of many fat sources. But going cuckoo for coconut oil... eh. It is processed after all, it is "un-whole" as well.

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41422 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Is there evidence though that simply adding a small amount of coconut oil to any diet has a positive effect?

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3043 · July 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Look it up, there are tons of resources on the internet:)

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78417 · July 18, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Why? Because Jimmy Moore says so - and he invented Paleo, after all. That's good enough reason for me!

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1001 · July 18, 2012 at 5:33 AM

@ Tyler - Wow - that walnut/chocolate/coconut oil combo sounds amazing! I must try it!!

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20 · July 05, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Oh, and it makes my skin look and feel amazing, at 48 Its that extra boost.

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3499 · September 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Stay classy, kids. I'm not specifically referring to intentional fasting, Matt. I mean on a normal feeding day, starting with 100-200 calories of primarily lauric acid (12-carbon saturated fatty acid) will modulate your hunger and your between-meal energy levels. And this one is for Travis: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15166004

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78417 · September 30, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Wow, testing of diabetic rats proves a lot. NOT.

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955 · September 30, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Matt, I think the intent is to use the coconut oil as a "supplement" of sorts to your breakfast, however modest that may be. For example, I like to have four strips of bacon, two eggs, and a veggie or fruit alongside a cup of coffee for breakfast (if I eat it, about 9am). I notice that if I take a spoonful of coconut oil (that I keep in the fridge, so it's like a chip of oil actually) in either my coffee or mouth, I generally don't get hungry until around 1-3pm. I also use coconut milk as creamer as well, receiving the same affect. Without the oil, however, it's usually lunch about 12-2.

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1363 · September 30, 2011 at 1:28 PM

btw I will eat too many calories if it is delicious. Still struggling with that problem.

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1363 · September 30, 2011 at 1:28 PM

wholy moley, this looks like a recipe that will surely blow my calorie balance out of the water! Must block it from brain,it sounds so delicious

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41422 · September 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM

I don't get the fasting with coconut oil thing. You're either fasting or not. Ingesting coconut oil brings you out of a fasted state.

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41422 · September 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

The obvious question becomes, why not just eat a real food breakfast? Heck, you could even include a bit of coconut oil in there.

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41422 · September 30, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Interesting. I'll have to do more reading on induced autophagy. Doesn't seem likely that this is the rationale most people use for choking/slurping down coconut oil straight.

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15976 · September 30, 2011 at 1:32 AM

I agree that eating fat for no reason related to cooking is slightly silly. I'd say cook with it and eat what's attached to your meat and you're good. However if one is seriously VLC it's tough to get enough calories. Those folk might kind of have to just eat fat straight, like with a spoon.

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655 · September 30, 2011 at 1:04 AM

It's useful straight when adapting to VLC. But I agree with Jay as a snack it lacks high nutritional value. I think CO is excellent replacing most other fats. I just put it ground bison tonight as bison tends to be dry.

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951 · September 30, 2011 at 12:18 AM

Nice one. Thanks.

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39841 · September 29, 2011 at 11:34 PM

That doesn't appear to be true. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3312523 http://www.ajcn.org/content/36/5/950.full.pdf+html It would seem that it causes a rise in insulin.

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4359 · September 29, 2011 at 6:25 PM

The story is potentially different if you already have disease, like Alzheimer's, and are using it with an intention to treat.

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4359 · September 29, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Because various paleo bloggers have come up with fanciful reasons to do so based on speculation and mechanistic plausibility... In other words, there's no good reason to do it. Isn't it more "paleo" or "ancestral" or whatever to eat... actual coconuts or, at least coconut milk/cream. Unlike coconut oil, these are actual foods that contain minerals and enzymes... While coconut oil may be a healthy fat, it is just pure fat. The whole point of paleo, as far as I'm concerned, is to eat foods that we actually evolved to eat, not to gamble on some theory of autophagy or ketones or whatever else

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3219 · September 29, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I personally can barely choke it down straight, though I still go through a lot of it. I have started mixing it with my coffee. THAT I can handle.

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955 · September 29, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Taking a spoon full of coconut oil straight with breakfast or early in the morning can really help stave off hunger through the mid afternoon. A higher far breakfast is really effective in fighting weight loss as you are less likely to overeat.

On top of that, it's delicious. It can act as an "energy bar" of sorts. I like to crush up walnuts, heat up some coconut oil (very low heat) and melt in some dark chocolate. I then pour that over the crushed walnuts in a little glass jar and put it in the freezer.

That's nearly a "fudge meltaway". Incredibly delicious and can help with pre-lifting energy if you don't want to exercise in a fasted state.

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1001 · July 18, 2012 at 5:33 AM

@ Tyler - Wow - that walnut/chocolate/coconut oil combo sounds amazing! I must try it!!

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955 · September 30, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Matt, I think the intent is to use the coconut oil as a "supplement" of sorts to your breakfast, however modest that may be. For example, I like to have four strips of bacon, two eggs, and a veggie or fruit alongside a cup of coffee for breakfast (if I eat it, about 9am). I notice that if I take a spoonful of coconut oil (that I keep in the fridge, so it's like a chip of oil actually) in either my coffee or mouth, I generally don't get hungry until around 1-3pm. I also use coconut milk as creamer as well, receiving the same affect. Without the oil, however, it's usually lunch about 12-2.

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1363 · September 30, 2011 at 1:28 PM

btw I will eat too many calories if it is delicious. Still struggling with that problem.

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1363 · September 30, 2011 at 1:28 PM

wholy moley, this looks like a recipe that will surely blow my calorie balance out of the water! Must block it from brain,it sounds so delicious

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41422 · September 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

The obvious question becomes, why not just eat a real food breakfast? Heck, you could even include a bit of coconut oil in there.

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951 · September 30, 2011 at 12:18 AM

Nice one. Thanks.

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16131 · September 29, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Paul Jaminet recommends fasting to induce autophagy, cell recycling, that he considers the main immune mechanism to protect from disease and aging. Mainly be recommends fasting from protein and carbs but if you need a little extra something to help keep you going during the fast to use coconut oil. It is helpful in producing ketones and won't disrupt the autophagy process - I think.

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41422 · September 30, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Interesting. I'll have to do more reading on induced autophagy. Doesn't seem likely that this is the rationale most people use for choking/slurping down coconut oil straight.

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1471 · September 29, 2011 at 4:12 PM

I see it as a way to boost my intake of fat when I am not getting enough to make my % correct.

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5853 · September 29, 2011 at 4:37 PM

It beats me, i prefer to snack my coconut oil as whole coconut meat. Yes it has carbs but its whole food anyway.

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20 · July 05, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I won't be sighting any studies. but from my own experience the more coconut oil I eat the more fat my body has lost, most notable is my stubborn belly fat. I would suspect for me that would indicate it either lowered my insulin or did not effect it at all. I have been taking over 1/4 cup a day for 2 weeks before that it was at least 3 tablespoons. I raised my dosage for sun protection-along with staying away from processed food and sugar.

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20 · July 05, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Oh, and it makes my skin look and feel amazing, at 48 Its that extra boost.

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3499 · September 29, 2011 at 5:32 PM

The MCTs in coconut oil stimulate glucagon production, which releases fatty acids from your fat cells and help maintain your energy levels throughout the day, especially when you haven't eaten.

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3499 · September 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Stay classy, kids. I'm not specifically referring to intentional fasting, Matt. I mean on a normal feeding day, starting with 100-200 calories of primarily lauric acid (12-carbon saturated fatty acid) will modulate your hunger and your between-meal energy levels. And this one is for Travis: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15166004

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78417 · September 30, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Wow, testing of diabetic rats proves a lot. NOT.

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41422 · September 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM

I don't get the fasting with coconut oil thing. You're either fasting or not. Ingesting coconut oil brings you out of a fasted state.

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39841 · September 29, 2011 at 11:34 PM

That doesn't appear to be true. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3312523 http://www.ajcn.org/content/36/5/950.full.pdf+html It would seem that it causes a rise in insulin.

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11111 · September 29, 2011 at 11:05 PM

I use coconut oil to replace energy drinks. I mix coconut oil with shredded coconut in a square or rectangular shaped dish, put it in the fridge for a few hours to set, then cut it into bite-sized squares. I eat a few of these at a time and within a few minutes my energy perks right up.

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3043 · July 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

How bout most importantly for memory. Both my parents taken a tablespoon with their breakfast (we also cook in it) to prevent dementia and mental decline. Its excellent! Its extremely good for people who have had concussions or who suffer from depression.

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41422 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Is there evidence though that simply adding a small amount of coconut oil to any diet has a positive effect?

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3043 · July 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Look it up, there are tons of resources on the internet:)

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24538 · July 18, 2012 at 7:17 AM

I only have it by the spoonful maybe once a week or less, but if I feel myself craving something naughty sweet, a little spoonful of coconut oil stops the craving dead in its tracks.

It is also a wicked appetite suppressant, and eating a bit while cooking if I'm getting overly hungry seems to prevent overeating once the meal is ready.

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1001 · July 18, 2012 at 5:40 AM

You do have a point! I have had it as a standby for IF. I often have desiccated coconut with breakfast, and recently washed, soaked and blended it before consumption, as I felt I might be missing some of the fat eating it neat. I was amazed at how much oil came out, so maybe I needn't have worried. (Washing makes sense, since the cheap stuff I buy contains SO2 stabiliser)

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11683 · December 01, 2011 at 3:20 AM

I still have that 'food reward' need for dessert after dinner, so I heat up some frozen blueberries and raspberries and stir in coconut oil and some cinnamon. Like a warm, fatty soup that melts in your mouth. Yum.

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