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Coconut oil straight out of the jar?

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Created November 13, 2011 at 6:16 AM

So, I buy Barleans extra [extra] virgin coconut oil and absolutely love it. I've been getting it for almost a year now... But I'm wondering, what are the negative side effects (if any) of eating it straight out of the jar? I don't think I have more than a few tablespoons a day, because I literally have a fingertip size amount (because it's so rich) at a time... And I just looked, it has 32 servings, and in my experience my container lasts almost a month if I eat it regularly.

I know that coconut oil in general is amazing for you, so I'm looking for some more educated answers, so I know whether I should stop eating so much or not.

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2944 · January 02, 2013 at 1:10 PM

What else do you eat/how much lol if you're inhesting 12 (table?)spoons per day? wow!

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110 · September 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Alli doesn't help much with weight loss. If she feels better with a weight loss drug, give her some green tea extract. Doesn't do that much either, but alli isn't any better and has 'nasty' side effects while green tea extract is actually good for you.

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753 · November 16, 2011 at 6:06 AM

^lol, wow. That's funny, in a sad sort of way.

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2026 · November 15, 2011 at 6:41 AM

alli is pretty darn gross. they actually warn you on the label to wear dark pants.

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753 · November 14, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Heh, good to know I'm not alone :P

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753 · November 14, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Oooh. I see. Well, regardless, I don't like weight loss pills really, and that sounds absolutely gross.

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15003 · November 14, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Alli blocks fat from being emulsified and absorbed in the gut, so it's a different issue.

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3443 · November 14, 2011 at 6:35 AM

Maybe I should have used "processed" rather than "real" like Matt added, but the point seems moot considering Kenzie's comments. I'm definitely not above eating a little straight from the jar myself but I honestly rarely think of doing it unless I'm using to prepare a meal just like Kenzie stated.

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753 · November 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Thank you :) I will check it out.

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753 · November 13, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Wow, that's a lot. I don't think I'd be able to afford that, sadly.

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753 · November 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

I have done that too! Mmm. It is delicious.

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753 · November 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

That sounds really good :) I might make that sometime soon. Thank you for the recipe. I think it'd be good with dried pineapple...

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753 · November 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

After reading these answers, I have realized I'm probably not eating enough to have any issues. I know I don't have enough fat to cause diarrhea, and I'm in the 2-4 tbsp range... Also, I'm curious. My mom takes alli weight loss pills (ugh...) and she talks about how there is like, leakage... If she eats too much fat. And that it is like oily. Is that the same thing as what you all mentioned?

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753 · November 13, 2011 at 9:35 PM

It's usually during the process of using it for cooking, lol. If I am using a little bit to cook a meal with, I tend to also take a little bit from a spoon and eat it plain. I definitely don't eat it in place of other foods. I love cooking meals, so..

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5853 · November 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM

I use coconut oil only for cooking due to extreme price. When i want to binge on fat i roast marrow bones. Must have some cool vitamins there that coconut doesnt, and its whole food, and often bones are free. Win Win. :)

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10653 · November 13, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Here's a link to the abstract of an experiment done with coconut oil and candida: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17651080 (I have the full article and can send it to you). VCO enhances the digestive system and loosens your bowels and most candida is found in the intestinal tract. And Matt, thanks for correcting me.

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41422 · November 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM

It's processed and un-whole food though.

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41422 · November 13, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Nitpicking: candida is not a bacteria, it's a fungus.

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11683 · November 13, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Where did you read that the diarrhea from coconut oil is due to candida being eliminated? If you have any references, I'd be interested in reading them. Dietary fat increases peristalsis so I would assume the diarrhea from coconut oil would just be because you've consumed too much fat at once.

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8933 · November 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Coconut oil is real food.

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11111 · November 13, 2011 at 5:15 PM

I eat it right out of the jar but for convenience sake I make coconut bark: mix a little honey with some shredded coconut add lots of coconut oil, mix well, pour into a square plastic container & put in fridge to harden up, then cut into bite-sized squares to eat (I don't measure). Sometimes I add bits of dried fruit, nuts or coco powder. My son loves these.

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753 · November 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

That sounds really good :) I might make that sometime soon. Thank you for the recipe. I think it'd be good with dried pineapple...

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10653 · November 13, 2011 at 9:18 AM

As with anything else, eating too much will cause weight gain. I've heard eating two-four tablespoons a day won't cause any weight gain. Eating too much in one sitting may cause diarrhea because it's eliminating bad bacteria from your system (such as candida).
Don't worry about it raising your cholesterol; you probably already know it has medium-chain fatty acids which are absorbed quickly and readily by the body.

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110 · September 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Alli doesn't help much with weight loss. If she feels better with a weight loss drug, give her some green tea extract. Doesn't do that much either, but alli isn't any better and has 'nasty' side effects while green tea extract is actually good for you.

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753 · November 16, 2011 at 6:06 AM

^lol, wow. That's funny, in a sad sort of way.

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2026 · November 15, 2011 at 6:41 AM

alli is pretty darn gross. they actually warn you on the label to wear dark pants.

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753 · November 14, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Oooh. I see. Well, regardless, I don't like weight loss pills really, and that sounds absolutely gross.

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15003 · November 14, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Alli blocks fat from being emulsified and absorbed in the gut, so it's a different issue.

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753 · November 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

After reading these answers, I have realized I'm probably not eating enough to have any issues. I know I don't have enough fat to cause diarrhea, and I'm in the 2-4 tbsp range... Also, I'm curious. My mom takes alli weight loss pills (ugh...) and she talks about how there is like, leakage... If she eats too much fat. And that it is like oily. Is that the same thing as what you all mentioned?

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10653 · November 13, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Here's a link to the abstract of an experiment done with coconut oil and candida: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17651080 (I have the full article and can send it to you). VCO enhances the digestive system and loosens your bowels and most candida is found in the intestinal tract. And Matt, thanks for correcting me.

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41422 · November 13, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Nitpicking: candida is not a bacteria, it's a fungus.

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11683 · November 13, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Where did you read that the diarrhea from coconut oil is due to candida being eliminated? If you have any references, I'd be interested in reading them. Dietary fat increases peristalsis so I would assume the diarrhea from coconut oil would just be because you've consumed too much fat at once.

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1659 · November 13, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Yep, don't see a problem with it in moderation.

I used to sandwich that stuff between two pieces of dark chocolate; now that could be a problem if you're downing too much of that stuff =p; but oh so good!

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753 · November 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

I have done that too! Mmm. It is delicious.

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2565 · November 14, 2011 at 8:41 AM

I wouldn't worry about the amount you have per day except in terms of what you can afford, because coconut oil has so many benefits and unlike most foods, eating increasing amounts of it doesn't make you increasingly fat. " Coconut oil is nature???s richest source of MCTs that increase metabolic rates and lead to weight loss. MCTs promote what is called thermogenesis. Thermogenesis increases the body's metabolism, producing energy. People in the animal feed business have known this truth for quite some time. If you feed animals vegetable oils, they put on weight and produce more fatty meat. If you feed them coconut oil, they will be very lean." http://coconut-info.com/weight-loss.htm. Plus the more coconut oil you have the less hungry you'll be for foods higher in sugar that actually do cause weight gain. In terms of metabolism and weight gain this pretty much sums up all you need to know about coconut oil: "With medium-chain fatty triglycerides in coconut oil the process is different. They are quickly digested, so pancreatic enzymes are not needed. By the time they enter the intestinal tract they are completely broken down into fatty acids. Because of this, they are absorbed immediately into the portal vein, and sent directly to the liver. In the liver they are used as a source of fuel to produce energy. Therefore, they bypass the lipoprotein stage, and they don't circulate in the bloodstream to the degree that other fats do. Consequently, they do not supply the fat that collects in fat cells or the fat that collects in artery walls. They produce energy not body fat and not arterial plaque." http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/article10013.htm

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0 · May 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I don't like cooking with it either here is what I do. One teaspoon of cocoa powder, 1 heaping tea spoon coconut oil stir well, add almond milk and maple syrup...absolutely delicious, oh yes and heat in microwave. it is devine! Oh and some vanilla extract.

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0 · May 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I don't like cooking with it either here is what I do. One teaspoon of cocoa powder, 1 heaping tea spoon coconut oil stir well, add almond milk and maple syrup...absolutely delicious, oh yes and heat in microwave. it is devine! Oh and some vanilla extract.

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0 · April 12, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Hi guys,

I went to bed with a whole load of coconut oil on my scalp and in my hair the other night and the following day I had diarrhea... I can't think what else would have caused this... do you think it was the coconut oil? Maybe I have some candida fungus somewhere so I reacted because of that? The reason I put it on my scalp is I have bad dandruff (psoriasis maybe) which I hear is a fungus... Any thoughts?

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0 · March 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM

i tried it today for the first time with some honey and cinnamon, headed to the toilet about an hour and a half later. i will also try again but less next time.

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109 · February 07, 2013 at 9:10 AM

I eat it straight out of the jar every day and a fair bit. One way to make it taste better is to actually eat a bit of creamed coconut along with it. but then it becomes tempting to eat a whole block of the creamed coconut....

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0 · February 07, 2013 at 4:21 AM

eat fat and grow thin....who knew barb

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5650 · January 02, 2013 at 6:07 PM

i just tried it today with a spoon and it's awesome. i can't believe it's taken me so many years to do this.

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571 · January 02, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Eating it straight out of the jar seems like a good way to add good fat to your diet if you're not getting it otherwise, but I just can't stand the taste. I've swished with it (oil pulling) and that is fine, but as soon as it gets near my throat, I gag. The taste is very bland and unpleasant. Even mixed in bulletproof tea - yuck. How do you all stand it? I'm using the Trader Joe's brand - maybe brand has something to do with it.

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0 · January 02, 2013 at 5:05 AM

My blood pressure has dropped 25 points In a month....I will only use coconut oil, it

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5201 · October 25, 2012 at 10:06 PM

From what I've read, eating coconut oil in large quantities might be something that you have to get used to. I generally eat a tablespoonful (more or less) straight every day while I'm cooking my breakfast. No intestinal issues, no weight gain. I do try to avoid consuming it at night, though, to prevent sleep issues.

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0 · October 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Had a large tablespoon today and am also having digestion problems. I ate a little the past three days. Today I loaded up that spoon and am now regretting it. I'll eat it again tomorrow, but a smaller amount, for sure!

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0 · September 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

i put a nice size tablespoon in a shake and went to the bathroom all night.

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7223 · November 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Coconut oil is burned quickly by the body, so as long as your digestion system is handling it ok you should be fine. 2-4 tablespoons a day is what is usually suggested for weight loss and it sounds like you are in that range.

If you are interested in more information on coconut oil and weight loss, I would suggest reading Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. It's not specifically paleo, but it's paleo-friendly.

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753 · November 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Thank you :) I will check it out.

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3443 · November 13, 2011 at 10:54 AM

I don't see a problem in eating straight out of the container except that it implys your not eating enough of your meals in the form of whole, real food. If your eating it between meals then consider; why am I not adequately sated from what I'm already eating. If your eating it instead of taking the time to prepare real meals that satisfy, then rearrange your life accordingly. If it's a matter of eating raw coconut oil or junkfood then continue what your doing.

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753 · November 14, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Heh, good to know I'm not alone :P

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3443 · November 14, 2011 at 6:35 AM

Maybe I should have used "processed" rather than "real" like Matt added, but the point seems moot considering Kenzie's comments. I'm definitely not above eating a little straight from the jar myself but I honestly rarely think of doing it unless I'm using to prepare a meal just like Kenzie stated.

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753 · November 13, 2011 at 9:35 PM

It's usually during the process of using it for cooking, lol. If I am using a little bit to cook a meal with, I tend to also take a little bit from a spoon and eat it plain. I definitely don't eat it in place of other foods. I love cooking meals, so..

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5853 · November 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM

I use coconut oil only for cooking due to extreme price. When i want to binge on fat i roast marrow bones. Must have some cool vitamins there that coconut doesnt, and its whole food, and often bones are free. Win Win. :)

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41422 · November 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM

It's processed and un-whole food though.

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8933 · November 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Coconut oil is real food.

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8933 · November 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Hey, I eat more than 12 spoons of it every single day and I don't gain any weight. Enjoy the coconut oil, it's the best fat you could be eating.

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2944 · January 02, 2013 at 1:10 PM

What else do you eat/how much lol if you're inhesting 12 (table?)spoons per day? wow!

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753 · November 13, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Wow, that's a lot. I don't think I'd be able to afford that, sadly.

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