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?