This post is a response to questions which have been raised in response to my earlier posts: Jun 14, 2013 ... Coconut oil has improved my life & July 13, 2013 ... Coconut Oil for Parkinson's - "non-clinical" trial.
This report must be abbreviated. A more detailed discussion is available at
Dr Mary Newport has put a lot of effort into understanding good practice and providing guidance for including high doses of coconut oil in your daily diet, reported in COCONUT OIL DIETARY GUIDELINES AND SUGGESTIONS. This 2-page report is loaded with facts and good advice, but some find it too academic. To help you get into the mood, we provide the section headings and some key comments.
- HOW CAN COCONUT OIL BE USED IN THE DIET?
- WHAT IS THE NUTRIENT CONTENT OF COCONUT OIL? DOES IT CONTAIN OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS?
- WHAT KIND OF COCONUT OIL SHOULD I USE?
“… If you like the odor of coconut, look for products called “virgin,” “organic,” or “unrefined,” which are generally more expensive than “refined,” or “all natural,” or “RBD” (refined, bleached and deodorized) coconut oil, which do not have an odor. The oil itself is tasteless. …”
- WHY DOES THE COCONUT OIL LOOK “CLOUDY”?
- WHAT OTHER COCONUT PRODUCTS CONTAIN COCONUT OIL?
- WHO SHOULD TRY THIS?
- HOW MUCH SHOULD I TAKE?
“If you take too much oil too fast, you may experience indigestion, cramping or diarrhea. To avoid these symptoms, take with food and start with 1 teaspoon coconut oil or MCT oil per meal, increasing slowly as tolerated over a week or longer. If diarrhea develops drop back to the previous level. For most people, the goal would be to increase gradually to 4-6 tablespoons a day, depending on the size of the person, spread over 2-4 meals. ”
- WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?
- DO I NEED TO BE WORRIED ABOUT GAINING WEIGHT FROM THE EXTRA FAT IN THE DIET?
- DOES COCONUT OIL INCREASE CHOLESTEROL?
- SOME OTHER BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL AND OTHER COCONUT PRODUCTS
- FOOD IDEAS and some recipes
My own experience is that I am able to handle 6-8T per day without stomach upset, provided that I use the “Pure” Coconut Oil (no flavor, I like LouAna). If I use Virgin or Organic, I get stomach distress at 4T.The following Vanilla Shake recipe provides ample buffering for me:
Gently melt 2-3T Pure CO in 1/3c milk
Prepare 2/3c cold milk with a few ice cubes and (optional)
- Add a few drops of vanilla for flavor.
- Add quality instant coffee
- Add protein powder and fibre (psyllium will reduce cholesterol)
Add the warm milk with the melted CO to the cold milk mixture and
MIX IMMEDIATELY in a mini-blender to a frothy state.
If you move quickly, this provides a smooth frothy shake. If you tarry on the mixing, the CO will harden in the cold milk and it tastes like you ground up a candle!
The protein version is a complete low-carb meal.
Drink the simple vanilla (or coffee) shake 10-15 minutes before a meal and you will be happy with half-portions. This is giving me good weight control.
A copy of Dr Newport's report can be found at the above link.