I feel almost silly asking this...but does anyone else have trouble with heartburn after consuming coconut products? I keep trying to use coconut oil and/or coconut butter--I'm not wild about it, but am trying to avoid dairy. I've also made some "crutch" coconut flour bread, and I seem to get the heartburn with it, too. Maybe it is the increase in fat--but other fats don't seem to bother me as much. Just curious if I was alone with this issue with coconut.
(edited to put the "t" in heartburn)
I've been using coconut milk consistently for years without any problems, but ever since I started eating coconut butter (the last two weeks) I've had persistent heartburn too. It's the only thing I've changed in my diet. It absolutely must be the culprit.
Have you been tested for h. pylori antibodies? Coconut oil can be anti-bacterial and while h. pylori has a bad rap, if it's been there a while it's probably moderating the acid content of the stomach for you. Just a theory though.
Interesting. I developed heartburn right after going low carb last year, but I could also make the following true statement: I developed heart burn right after I began using coconut oil last year. Since everybody and their mother believe coconut oil is the miracle oil, I never really considered that it could be that so I've never stopped using it for any kind of extended period of time. I'm curious to hear some more responses on this.
It sounds like you're sensitive to coconut. It's not unusual, I would avoid them if I were you...there are a lot of other wonderful food choices out there that don't give you heartburn!
I didn't have a problem using it for years, and then when I started to get sick from gluten one of the first things I noticed was that coconut milk gave me reflux. Now, I can't tell you if it was because my digestive system was already destroyed from the gluten or because of the coconut milk itself, so take that for what it's worth. I hope to try it again once my intestines calm down a little more because I do love me some coconut curry!
You all need to heal your guts with proper multiprobiotics!! My favorite is Original Medicine - MultiProbiotic. With the proper flora in your gut you will not have issues like this. For some it takes longer to heal (a number of months) and for others it's a snap (a few weeks). BUT GET ON A GOOD MULTIPROBIOTIC. WE must have these bugs, and our food supply doesn't give it to us like it should and our soils are deplete in the first place.
Coconut products gives me heartburt. All of them, even raw dried coconut. Since I have acid reflux problems I can taste my stomach acid (!) and actually nothing ever tastes as bad as when I eat coconut, it tastes like poison and hurts in my mouth in a really strange way (normal stomach acid hurts in a normal way ;-). Eating other fat food gives me acid problems but not the extreme, bad tasting coconut thing.
I've been having a hard time accepting this since I love asian food but I simply have to give in and stop eating it.
Fat causes lower esophageal sphincter relaxations. Coconut oil/milk is fatty. Hence...
If you limit FODMAPs (google it) from your diet, you will likely have many fewer esophageal relaxations and, thus, coconut may stop causing heartburn.
Also, eating it with protein should help since protein prevents LES relaxations.
I speak from personal experience (coconut used to give me caustic reflux all the time), augmented with a lot of research. Now I can eat coconut without any problem.
For what it is worth, lactose and inulin (onions, leeks, bread, etc) are the worst FODMAPs for me and I got the most mileage from just cutting those. Lastly, I'd advise you to avoid the guar gum they put in the water part of canned coconut milk (just spill out the water that separates when you chill the can of coconut milk in the fridge). Guar gum is almost 100% FODMAPs.
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