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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.