How Much coconut oil is too much?

by 400 · April 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

How much coconut oil should one be ingesting a day? I try to get a few teaspoons in, but the more I read I wonder if that is enough.

I love coconut oil, and use it for baking, skincare, but wonder if there is a threshold where too much may in fact be detrimental to ones health?

One article I read suggested 3 tablespoons a day... That sounds excessive to me.


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11157 · June 01, 2012 at 2:49 PM

The amount that makes you feel "I've eaten enough coconut oil now, I don't feel like eating any more" (which hopefully occurs a couple of spoonfull before "bbllleeuuurgghhh, I've eaten to much coconut oil and I'm going to vom"

Paleo is all about listening to the signals from your body, and eating what your appetite tells you to eat, and eating when it tells you to eat it.

In the absence of sugar rushes, your appetite is finely tuned to tell you how much protein you need, I'm sure the same is true of fat.

40652 · March 31, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Too much? When you start eating it straight. (Disgusting and disturbing.)

3157 · March 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM

I'd just try to estimate my daily calorie intake needs of fat for weight maintainance and just fit the coconut oil in it.

292 · June 01, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I typically ingest about 3 tablespoons a day just by eating out of the jar. Counting what I cook with, it could be more. I haven't had any issues taking that much except at first while my body was getting used to the extra fat.

I'm not sure what amount would be considered detrimental, but 3 tablespoons seems okay to me if you don't suffer any ill effects.

10 · March 03, 2013 at 10:30 PM

It's to help the metabolism . Great for those with thyroid problems

10 · November 09, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I consume stakes of the stuff, make sure its raw to get the benifit (low temp production). I mix it with honey and Carab to make a delicious raw treat. My family (3 of us, one 7 year old) gets through about 1 litre a week. If we cook we use coconut oil. Recently I had my blood work down and my LDL etc were all fantastic. I also use it for deoderent (mixed with Arrow), and 'Pull Oil' but putting a teaspoons worth in my mouth and swilling it around for 15 minutes. Recent research shows cocnut oil mixed with digestive enzymes kills bad bacteria. Coconut oil is wonderful, so much so I want to own a coconut farm!

11251 · June 01, 2012 at 2:44 PM

If you aren't allergic, eat as much as you want. I mean, you need to get enough nutrition from other foods, but I've read of people eating ridiculous amounts of the stuff. Now I tried this, but I am allergic, and two tablespoons was enough to get me sick to my stomach. I could eat less, but it would cause skin flaking between my eyes that I didn't realize was from coconut oil until someone came onto PH asking about it. This n=1 stuff isn't as easy as people think. I don't know why it didn't dawn on me earlier.

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60 · April 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

1. I mix some coconut oil with cacao & honey for a quick energy boost before a workout.

2. I also add a couple of teaspoons to smoothies, juices, tea or coffee

0 · April 23, 2014 at 3:54 AM

If I have more than 1 teaspoon my performance - cognitive and physical - starts to decline


0 · December 07, 2013 at 9:17 PM

okay. i like the responses here but from a different standpoint... is there any scientific reasons not to eat a lot of it every day? like, does it have things in it that can build up, anti-nutrients, etc? because presently, i eat a spoon full off and on all day! :)

0 · November 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

in my bum i put it, make a nice feeling, 4 tbsp thru turkey bater,.

0 · June 12, 2013 at 6:14 AM

I have been putting 3-4 Tbs of coconut oil in my smoothies for about 5 months. We also cook with it and I will just take a small bite of it right from the fridge. My parrot loves it and it is really good for her. I feel wonderful! It has helped my skin soften, my mind sharpen, and give me so much energy. I am 5', weigh 110, run 5 miles a day, lift free weights, and run our farm. I bet I consume a minimum of 6 Tbs a day. It is a gift from nature in my opinion.

0 · May 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Another idea for the use of coconut oil is to use it instead of oil or other fats to pop popcorn. I'm talking about the old fashioned way in a heavy pot on the stove. I realize that some people stay away from any kind of corn products, and I was advised to do the same, but every-once-in-a-while I make a pot of popcorn with coconut oil (moreso in the Winter months), and it tastes amazing.


0 · April 12, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Anyone gain weight from eating too much coconut oil or avocados?

0 · April 08, 2013 at 3:09 PM

I am new to Coconut Oil. I got the Virgin kind. Well I baked a sweet potato, added a bit of cinnamon, a bit of stevia, and coconut oil and whooopee. It was really delicious.

I replaced the usual butter with coconut oil and the taste was fantastic. It almost taste like good old fashioned sweet potato pie.

I love is, going to try using it as a replacement for butter. Whatever, the benefits are, I am hopeful of receiving all of them. But when compared with butter, it is not that much more expensive and taste a whole lot better. I love it. I am now ordering a gallon of Virgin Coconut Oil. It will alway be in my home. No question asked.

I am going to give it at least 90 days and I shall report back to you and let you know what results I obtain.


0 · March 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM

I put a big teaspoon into my herbal coffe substitute and I have on average 3 of them a day. feel fine tastes great

0 · December 13, 2012 at 3:16 AM

This comment/ question is for Chelsea... I was wonder what your experience was with it and dementia you mentioned ?

197 · June 18, 2012 at 5:18 AM

Take it in small amounts at first and see if it helps your skin. Gradually increase from 1 to 2,3 tblspoons to see how it affects your results. Keep in mind every tbspoon has about 130 calories. It would be wise not to go much higher than a few tbspoons to not increase significantly your overall caloric intake. How much coconut oil depends on several factors. You could probably take more if you don't have that much fat in your diet. Also, your body might respond better to more fats or less. In order to aid digestion, I would recommend spacing out several spoonfuls throughout the day. So, take these into consideration and the answer to your question is "it depends".

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