What to Do About Your Coconut Oil Intolerance

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I still can’t tolerate coconut oil, even after slowly increasing the amount. Where do you think I should get my fat? Dark chocolate?

RAY PEAT FORUM MEMBER RRR, APRIL 14, 2016

Chocolate contains cocoa butter, which contains predominantly saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, but many store brands contains soy lecithin, which acts as an emulsifier for the cocoa powder, and which also has harmful estrogen-like effects. I know of a man who eats cocoa butter with honey as a staple.

DAVE FOSTER, APRIL 14, 2016

I’d go with Lindt 90%. I think I’ve seen only two brands without soy lecithin, that stuff is in everything. Cocoa butter is a bit expensive, price per kg is almost twice the price of chocolate, though cocoa butter would probably be a bit better than chocolate.
Are there anything else that would be better than chocolate?

RAY PEAT FORUM MEMBER RRR APRIL 14, 2016

Homemade ice cream would be an option. If made with refined coconut oil rather than cream, it would cause less weight gain. Seasoned french fries made with refined coconut oil would be another.

DAVE FOSTER, APRIL 14, 2016

Alright, I’ll try coconut oil first and think about alternatives later.
There’s a refined co in sale here that’s made by using a mix of centrifuge and cold pressing methods, it’s a bit cheaper than other cold pressed refined oils, but the centrifuge method generates heat which, iirc, can generate the co’s quality, so should I just get a cold pressed only co?

RAY PEAT FORUM MEMBER RRR, APRIL 15, 2016

Many have an allergic reaction to the virgin, unrefined coconut oil, whereas the refined variety often presents far fewer problems.

DAVE FOSTER, APRIL 15, 2016

I’m asking regarding a statement that you made, why is fully hydrogenated oil better for someone autistic? Does PUFA make [autistic] symptoms worse, so even a small reduction of PUFA is really helpful?
I have OCD myself and when I started avoiding PUFA hoped I would get at least a little relief to my symptoms, but sadly I didn’t.

RAY PEAT FORUM MEMBER RRR, APRIL 15, 2016

Autistic individuals sometimes obsess over their health, minimizing undesirable dietary factors, which may include any consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids.
The active thyroid hormone, T3, relieves OCD symptoms, and your diet, both acutely and chronically, will impact your blood levels of T3. When chronically elevated, the stress hormone cortisol tends to interfere with your liver’s conversion of thyroid hormone, and so it may promote hypothyroidism. Anything that sequesters the effects of excess cortisol, such as a supplement like aspirin or niacinamide, or lessening psychological stressors, may similarly support your thyroid’s function. When chronically elevated, cortisol causes some of the subjective pain experienced under duress. The polyunsaturated fats accumulate in the tissues, where they promote cortisol synthesis. It may take several months or years for dietary changes to appreciably affect your hormones.

DAVE FOSTER, APRIL 15, 2016

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