7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil

7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil and Get the Benefits without Eating it Straight

I’ve written before about 101 ways to use coconut oil for everything from oil pulling to lotion to toothpaste. One question I often get asked is how to actually eat coconut oil, especially if you don’t like the taste…

The word is getting out about the health benefits of coconut oil, but especially for those just starting to use/consume it, trying to actually eat it can be a difficult task. For some people, eating too much at once can even cause upset stomach until the body adjusts.

Where to Get Coconut Oil?

I love this organic virgin and fair-trade coconut oil from Thrive Market (which is like Costco online but for healthy products). Their coconut oil is 40% off retail, which is the best price I’ve found for it online. And Thrive Market sells many of my favorite products at 30-50% off normal prices!

For those who are trying to eat more coconut oil in their diets but have trouble with the taste or texture, here are a few of the ways we consume it without the taste or texture becoming too overpowering:

1. In Coffee or Hot Drinks

A way to supercharge coffee and make it healthy and great for your skin

One of my favorite ways to consume coconut oil daily is in a cup of hot coffee or tea each morning. The trick is to blend the mixture enough for the oil to emulsify, which creates a creamy and rich consistency and not an oily consistency (which I personally don’t like). Here is my recipe for healthy coconut oil coffee, and check out the unusual ingredient I add to make it even more creamy (and healthy).

2. In Smoothies

7 Ways to Eat More Coconut Oil

It’s easy to hide the taste and texture of coconut oil in a smoothie, though sometimes it can leave clumps. I actually like the little crunchy pieces of coconut oil, but for those trying to hide the texture, the trick is to melt the coconut oil until it is just barely melted an add slowly as the smoothie is already being blended so it emulsifies in and doesn’t clump.

We often add 1-2 tablespoons to a smoothie this way and the taste and texture aren’t noticeable.

3. Homemade Energy Bars

Homemade Grain Free Chocolate Coconut Energy Bar Recipe

These are another kid favorite at our house. The kids love the taste and I like that they are packed with healthy fats and are a great natural source of energy.

Here is the recipe.

4. Coconut Butter Cups

Healthy Coconut Butter Cups Recipe

Just like the energy bars, these coconut butter cups are a favorite in our house. They are a little chocolate cup filled with coconut and coconut oil “butter” and can be flavored however you’d like.

Here is the recipe for Coconut Butter Cups.

5. Cooking and Stir Frys

fast and easy chicken and vegetable stir fry recipe

Coconut oil‘s high smoke point and concentration of stable saturated fats makes it a good choice for stir frys and cooking. We often use coconut oil as the base oil to coat the pan when cooking eggs, stir frys and other pan-cooked dishes.

Many of the recipes on this page (especially the stir-frys) use coconut oil as a base.

6. In Baking Recipes

Grain free, gluten free blueberry crumble muffins

Coconut oil can substitute for butter in most baking recipes and can also replace margarine and vegetable oils in most cases. My recipe list has many recipes that use coconut oil to help you get started.

7. For Frying

easy and healthy coconut shrimp recipe

If you’re going to fry something, stable oils like coconut oil, tallow and lard are great choices. This coconut shrimp recipe is one of my favorites as the coconut oil adds to the coconut flavor of the recipe.

At our house, we use coconut oil for pretty much everything… This article has even more ways to use coconut oil.

From a previous article:

What Kind of Coconut Oil?

For external uses, expeller pressed or other types of refined coconut oil will work, but for internal use, an unrefined virgin coconut oil is best. This book provides more information about the benefits of coconut oil and the difference in the types of coconut oil.

I also love that this company supports small family farms in the Philippines. We order in five-gallon pails, which is more expensive up-front but which saves a lot of money in the long term.

My husband and I both take about 4 tablespoons a day and the kids get a couple tablespoons in food, smoothies, or hot herbal tea.

Free Coconut Oil Book for You

If you’ve never ordered coconut oil before, now is your chance to try it. When you order through this link, you will get a copy of the Virgin Coconut Oil Book which explains the story of how they discovered this high nutrient coconut oil and the many ways it can be used to support health. The book will be automatically added the first time your order.

Do you use coconut oil as much as me? How do you use it? Share below!

Coconut oil is beneficial for so many reasons but can be hard to eat if you don't like the taste. Eat more coconut oil by using in cooking, baking, stir-frys, in coffee and more.

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  1. I love eating Coconut Oil right from the jar. A couple of spoonfuls and I am set. I don’t find that there is a taste though.

    • i have hyper thyroidism please tell me a good home remedy

      • Nascent oidine (best) or potassium iodine (second best) cleared my thyroid within a month. I took 4 drops a day for a month and then went to 2 drops a day for the other 5 months. In the US, iodine was removed from the salt 60 years ago even though the FDA says in documents that it’s great for everyone to take in their diet. It will make you feel weird at first because your thyroid is expelling toxins. Iodine is also what people take to protect them from radiation. Look this up. I know a ton of people who started taking iodine with great results. Nascent iodine has almost zero taste. There is a different form of poisonous iodine that you obviously don’t ingest. This is the intestable kind. I like Detoxodine or Survival Shield both on Amazon.

        • Where do you get that!!!

        • The United States Food and Drug Administration recommends 150 micrograms (0.15 mg) of iodine per day for both men and women. On May 1, 1924, iodised salt was sold commercially in Michigan. By the fall of 1924, Morton Salt Company began distributing iodised salt nationally. It is very important to use iodized salt (or take iodine in some other form) if you live around the Great Lakes or the Pacific Northwest and if you buy only locally grown food. Those areas do not have enough iodine in the soil, and if people don’t get enough iodine then some of them get goiters.

      • I have a hypo active thyroid which apparently makes your thyroid to function slower. The medication form is given for the same thing. The pills make me terribly ill as they interfere with my other medications. I have been searching for a natural way to adjust it and have first of all started taking selenium and zinc which my former Dr recommended when a medication I had just started had made my hair fall out. This is a symptom of thyroid imbalance. I had gradually stopped taking these and when starting with a new Dr. she did a whole series of blood work that showed my thyroid was off and my sodium level was low. The sodium I read below no longer has iodine in it and this is another thing that causes the thyroid to work at a good level. Sometimes I do think the Dr. push pills rather than working with someone if they’re having a problem with their meds. I have just had another round of tests so I waiting with bated breath. You would have no idea how many blood tests my Dr. and Specialist but me through every 3 mths. I am 56 and a widow and she was very insisting that maybe she should send me for a pregnancy test.

        • I was diagnosed with hypo thyroidism many years back and was put of Eltroxin but never really felt good taking it. Besides this I was given Calcium supplements. My blood test always showed the thyroid function to be normal but I never really felt better. Joint aches, drowsiness, hair loss and gaining weight and slowing me down.

          Few years ago I have moved from allopathic medicine to homeopathic medicine and I feel so very much better now. Besides I don’t continuously take medication but watch what I eat and drink. Eating foods rich in Vits and Minerals helps. I read coconut oil is good for hormones or you can use olive oil. You can try it, may help you too.

          • I have been hypothyroid for 14 years now and take a low dose of synthroid. However although my thyroid tests came normal with the medication I have never felt exactly the same as before.
            I gained 20lbs in 14 years (I am 64 yrs old), the weight is almost impossible to lose, memory is not what is used to be and other symptoms that women my age do not have.
            I asked my endocrinologist about any homeopathic treatment but she was against it or not aware of any. Does anyone have a success story with treating hypothyroidism naturally?
            Thank you.

        • Great advice about taking iodine. My doctor recommended iodine for me & my family – we have been taking it for nearly a year. Another very good source for holistic health information from an expert is Suzi Cohen. Suzi is a pharmacist who is married to a chiropractor. Suzi obviously understands medication as well as physiology, but she is not is not on the western medicine band wagon. She has an online column & is published in many newspapers around the country. Her website is a wealth of information & you can submit questions to her. Good luck in your quest for health.

        • I take a thyroid med called Armour. Its derived from a pig thyroid, which is identical to the human thyroid. It is a t4 and a t3. the t4 part builds up in your system over time, and the t3 gets used right away. I also take a t3 med called Cytomel, because my body has a hard time turning my t4 into a t3. Which under normal circumstances of a normal thyroid would produce. Look into it,and do not take no for an answer Ifought almost 10 years before I finally found a Dr who prescribes Armour. Most Drs wont. I have lost so much hair and was deathly ill, with no relief in sight. On a good note of the Amour and cytomel ,Ive even lost weight.

          • Good for you Missy! I had my thyroid removed last March and have been on Armour. I told my surgeon and my endo that is what I wanted to take. I did say that if it didn’t work, which I knew that it would, I would take the other. But I knew it would be OK. Low calcium still but, my levels are good.

          • My doctor is great and let me experiment when I wanted to try Armour thyroid medication. I felt really great 3 weeks out of the month but when I was on my cycle I felt bad. My doctor convinced me that 1/4 of every month was too much to feel like crap so I went back to Levoxyl. Maybe after menopause I will try Armour again. I have never tried cytomel for the t3 but this conversation reminds me that I need to talk to my Doc about how my T3 levels look.

          • If anyone has a problem finding a Dr that will prescribe Armor or NatureThroid ( I am on this one) which are both natural thyroid supplements instead of the synthetic Synthroid, look for a DO instead of an MD… DO’s practice a more natural and “whole person” approach to medicine and tend to look for homeopathic treatments first then go to scrips. They try to look at the overall cause of symptoms instead of just treating them.

        • Sounds like you may need a new dr. 55 and possibly pregnant?

      • I love it in porridge..

    • there is a taste when it says on jar coconut fragrance

    • I put coconut oil on my toast, replacing butter and adding a boost of healthy into my day when I can({

      • I like this idea thx for sharing

    • I have been trying to do the Coconut Oil thing…I got up to 1.5 tablespoons…I found it would make me nauseous a little while after eating it. I put it in fat free coolwhip which is really good, but I think my system doesn’t like the oil or something. I even tried putting the cool whip then a little squirt of chocolate then the coconut oil — tastes just fine but still later felt nauseous.
      Saw some stuff on the Coconut Butter – was wondering if using that is the same benefits as using the coconut OIL? I can’t find anything definitive online — precisely does it have the same health benefits and do you need to consume the same 3.5 to 4 tbsp. per day once you work you way up to the daily requirement.
      I don’t know how folks are spreading this coconut oil on their toast and stuff…ewww for me — lol!

      • Try it in small doses at first and work your way up. Many people not used to healthy fats feel this way when starting out.

        • I was wondering about dosage amounts also. My body seems to be a little fussy with the coconut oil. Today even half of a teaspoon was too much so i will try smaller dosages tomorrow. Do you recommend a certain time frame before increasing or is this one of those listen to what your body is telling you kind of things?

          • I started out with a tablespoon for first 2 weeks then went to 1.5 tablespoon, next week i’ll move up to 2 tablespoons. May sound silly but I found if I put the cool whip in the cup first then the coconut oil it mixes a little better. I’ve also been waiting until the afternoon to take it. Once I get to the recommended amounts I guess I’ll have to do morning and afternoon or something…4tbsp at one time…no way!

            How long til you actually see some of the benefits as noted…

            Also does anyone know if using the coconut butter has the same health effects as using the coconut oil. I’ve read about it but not finding anything really concrete.


      • When I tried it on toast, I drizzled some honey on top to make it yummy. 🙂

        • Don’t do this if candida is one of the issues, of course lol

      • Coconut butter is the meat of the coconut ground up extra dine into a butter, like peanuts or almonds. So it wouldn’t be the same as coconut oil. It would be the same as peanut butter is to peanut oil ….make sense?

      • I have been mixing my coconut oil w raw honey…ratio of 1 Raw Honey to 2 parts Com nut Oil. That is organic in both ingredients. I mix it well, the coconut oil will get creamy w the raw he ney. I add a couple shakes of Pink Himalayan Salt…to taste, put mix in a jar and refrigerate. Throughout the day and begore bed time, I take a teaspoon here or a tbls. there and let it melt in my mouth. I have used Costco’s brand of coconut oil. I have grown accustomed to the taste…very good

    • I tried that today but I’m a lil concerned after some reading that it can make u gain weight becuz its high in saturated fat. Is that true

    • If you don’t find that there is a taste you’re probably using refined coconut oil and not virgin.

    • I did this last night, and thought I was going to throw-up. The. I read, Forks Over Knifes, blog No Oil, if any kind!! I’m confused !

  2. I don’t mind using coconut oil externally or in toothpaste, but I’ve tried a few times to use it as my cooking oil and the smell/taste of it just makes me gag for some reason. I suppose using it in baked goods, like muffins would be easier for me, although I don’t want to consume muffins everyday. 😉

    I’m thinking of trying the organic expeller pressed coconut oil from Tropical Traditions (the one with no smell or flavor), but my question is, will this still be beneficial in regards to your post about “eating your sunscreen”? Would I need to ingest more of it for that to work?

      • Have just purchased my first jar of coconut oil. I have been adding a tablespoon to my yogurt fruit, nuts and seeds each morning. From what I’ve read in your posts and the threads its ok to eat it straight from the jar e.g. no cooking? But is one tablespoon enough and will I feel and reap the benefits with this amount as it is quite expensive!

        • I consume more than that, but that’s a good start.

        • At Costco: (“Carrington Farms” 54 oz. of Pure, Unrefined, Cold Pressed, 100% Organic Extra Virgin Cocnut Oil) for just under $20.00! This a Super Great Deal! Also same type of other Organic brands of 54 oz. at SAM’s, & BJ’s!

  3. Is Trader Joe’s coconut oil a good brand to use? It is cold pressed, organic, virgin, and they don’t use bleach or chemicals to process it….Thanks!

    • Yes Trader’s Joe’s is one of the “BEST” on the market.

  4. Hi there! What is the rationale behind 4 Tbsp a day? Calorically, doesn’t this get a bit high?

    • I’m curious about this too. I saw in another post that you consume 1/4 cup of coconut oil daily and I thought, “wow, she must be super active”

      • I tried to leave a comment last night but I don’t think it worked.

        I gained weight trying to incorporate so much extra oil into my diet. In my opinion, your body needs only so much energy (calories) and if you eat this much oil, it has to replace other calorie sources. For the record, I don’t think weight/health is ALL about calories (what you eat matters, too) but they are important and a 1/4 cup of coconut oil adds 500 calories to your daily total.

        Anyway, I am not prone to gaining weight, I am active as well (Hike, soccer, HIIT, yoga). But I spent a few months increasing my coconut oil and gained. Now that I’ve backed off, my weight has stabilized and I’ve even lost a bit of what I gained. I love coconut oil and believe in its benefits. I use it to cook and bake. I just don’t go out of my way to hit 1/4 cup every day.

      • The fat structure in coconut oil makes is easily usable for energy and not easily stored as fat. In fact, consuming it can boost metabolism so it can actually help weight loss. That is just the amount that i’ve found works best for me and many others…

  5. I like to make a just slightly sweet coconut oil treat by blending together 1 banana, 1/3 cup almond butter, 1 T honey, and 1 1/2 cups softened coconut oil. Pour it in to a shallow glass pan, chill in fridge, and cut when solid. 1 1/2 cups of coconut oil is 24 Tbsp so I always cut it in 24 pieces so I know how much I’m getting in! So good!

    • That sounds lovely – I shall give it a go.

    • I will try this recipe. I love the idea of knowing exactly how much you are getting of the coconut oil. I can’t handle putting it in my coffee or tea. I hate that oily taste. And I get sick eating plain. Just thinking about it turns my stomach, but I’ll say I love it on popcorn and I don’t mind putting it in my smoothies.

  6. You mean, there are some people who do not love coconut oil??? I am puzzled. ^^

    Honestly, if it were not so incredibly expensive, I would use it all the time. As it is, I use it to make my morning protein pancakes and for cooking dinner, and that’s it.

  7. Great recipes, love them all being a coconut oil nut (pardon the pun)

  8. Love your coconut oil in coffee trick – revolutionised my rare coffee drinking! I will be sending my scottish readers your way for sure.

    • I agree, good stuff.

    • Tried in the coffee, love it. A bit more oily than i’m used too. 1 tbsp in cup. Takes a bit to melt down.
      Thanks for that.

  9. “It’s easy to hide the taste and texture of coconut oil in a smoothie, though sometimes it can leave clumps. I actually like the little crunchy pieces of coconut oil…”

    Your coconut oil is crunchy?!

    • When it gets in an icy smoothie, it forms little tiny pieces that are somewhat hard…

    • I love it when it gets crunchy in a cold smoothie too!

  10. I also use it as a face and body moisturizer and on my hair too

  11. We make this coconut drink in India a lot. Buy a full coconut and scoop out the flesh(it’s a bit hard to scoop the flesh but totally worth it). Use a blender and blend the flesh with some luke warm water. strain the resulting liquid using a muslin cloth.
    Add a split cardamom pod to the strained liquid, sweeten it and drink it.
    Much better tasting coconut milk than the store bought ones.

  12. Also excellent on popcorn. I melt 1/2 butter & 1/2 coconut oil. Very tasty!!!

    • I pop my popcorn in coconut oil. yum

      • Do you use refined for popcorn? Its supposed to be tolerant of high heat but I find it still smokes which concerns me.

  13. I love coconut oil in my oatmeal….. big spoonful instead of butter.

  14. sounds crazy but melt coconut oil and drizzle it on chocolate frozen yogurt/ ice cream. The texture is like chocolate bits that don’t stay in your teeth.

  15. You fry in coconut oil? Considering how much you would need to properly fry your food I don’t think I could afford it lol. Coconut oil would burns easily so you could only use it once. Thats about $16 worth of coconut oil gone for one meal. Unless you are made of money then who cares.

    • If you’re talking deep fry, where you need a whole bottle, then no, I wouldn’t use it! But if you’re pan frying, a little vco goes a long way!! I just wonder if it retains all of its nutrients being fried, its smoke point is 177 degrees celsius.

      • vco is very stable at high heat, over 400 F. From what i’m reading it does not effect it’s
        heath benifits !!

  16. Those blueberry muffins pictured for baking look delicious but I wasn’t able to find the recipe. Where can I find the recipe? Thank you

  17. O have just begun using coconut oil and it has improved my short term memory. I am anxious to learn various ways to consume this oil to my benefit and would appreciate useful suggestions. These recipes are very interesting and I’m anxious to try them. Thanks

  18. I love homemade coconut oil chocolates! I want to lose some weight and but I’m wondering if the honey/maple syrup will offset that and if I should avoid added sugar? It sure is my favorite way to eat coconut oil!

  19. When using coconut oil in smoothies, is it best to add it before blending or after blending ?

    • Add the coconut oil before you blend and raw. The texture will be hardly noticable, if at all.

  20. I’m wondering if anyone else has had an adverse reaction to ingesting coconut oil? I started taking it in November, did GREAT till mid February. Then, started getting acne, racing heart, tight chest, tight muscles. I started an elimination diet to find the culprit, and it was coconut oil 🙁 I have no idea why I did so great on it for a while, now I can’t even have cookies with coconut flour in them. Am I alone? Just curious.

    • Hi Kay D. ~ What your body might have an issue with are the salicylates in coconut. You might find this information helpful:
      “People sensitive to salicylates may suffer from asthma, hives, nasal polyps, chronic swelling and a wide variety of gastrointestinal symptoms, including irritable bowel. Salicylates are also linked to a long list of physical and mental symptoms, including— just for starters—acne, bedwetting, restless leg syndrome, tinnitus, tics, styes, hyperactivity, headaches, anxiety, hallucinations, weepiness, blurred vision, fidgeting, bad breath, body odor, and even constant hunger! Obviously, there are many other risk factors for these complaints, but 2-4 percent of outpatients attending allergy clinics, 2 percent of those with Crohn’s disease, 7 percent of those with ulcerative colitis, and 15-20 percent of those who attend ear, nose and throat clinics are salicylate intolerant. — Weston A. Price”

      • Just a heads up for everyone out there… Almost anything published by the Weston A. Price Foundation should be taken with a grain of salt. The Foundation promotes a rather unhealthy diet and as far as I have heard most of their studies have not been reviewed by other sources. While their information may not necessarily always be wrong, their donations come from certain producers in the food industry which happen to have their products promoted heavily by WAPF. For instance, nearly all of the anti-soy campaigning can be traced back to WAPF studies that have not been peer-reviewed. Be careful!

        • I trust Weston Price over much of the junk health and diet info out there. I’ve gotten so much real great info that always pans out. I wonder if you’re paid by some soy company to spread rumors. Soy ruined my hormones!

  21. I do bulletproof coffee, make coconut oil fudge & our family fav is coconut oil bark! I use whatever brand of virgin oil is quality and on sale and buy some fruit (usually strawberries or orange zest) blend the oil, fruit, a lil vanilla and I’ve added sweetners and not added them. I like without just fine but the FAM preferred with a lil honey or stevia. You can add cocoa butter to make it extra creamy if that’s our thing 😉 melt, pour into molds or onto a cookie sheet/pan or dish, freeze and break chunks off and store in fridge or freezer 😀 yum yum!

  22. Are we still able to get the free coconut book using your link? Thank you!

    • You should be able to… if it doesn’t work, you can call them and they will fix it and send to you

  23. I am just getting ready to start eating coconut oil. Should I eat something before taking a spoonful?

  24. I want to begin taking coconut oil but I don’t know where to start. I have Virgin Coconut Oil that says ideal for cooking & baking. Thank you.

    • I just started taking coconut oil two days ago I put one tablespoon in my cup of green tea everyday and it has no taste at all to me

  25. I drink a warm cup of lemon water every morning, is it ok to add the coconut oil to it? I wonder if the acid of the lemon would lessen the effect of the coconut oil?

    • It’s perfectly fine to add to your lemon water. The lemon should have absolutely no adverse effects on the coconut oil! And it tastes great. I put it in my lemon tea all the time!

  26. Is it ok to mix coconut oil with any drink? For example juice or milk?

    • Definitely, but it solidifies at room temperature, so I’d recommend mixing it in a blender.

  27. I have been using cocanut oil virgin raw love it in my protein drinks yorgets use on toast instead of butter. I have just finished my first jar another on order I also have a cocanut oil capsuil every morning my husband has straitened to have one every morning too I put on my face every morning after a shower and my age spots on my hand are fading .

  28. Hi,

    I tried drinking the coffee with a tablespoon on coconut oil. It tasted very pleasant but later in the day I felt extremely bloated and this only stopped when I vomited. Not pleasant. Do you know what might have caused this, I’m pretty sure it was the coconut oil as nothing else was unusual that day.


    • I’ve started eating vco to cure Candida and have found I’m having this reaction too…. bloated stomach and vomiting. I’m cutting back to see what happens, but I’ve read that vco will help gut issues and there are side effects when yeast bacteria is dying off. HTH

    • Read the article and above comments. Tiny need to start slowly and increase slowly. This happened to me too, but now I can take 6 tablespoons a day!

  29. I am trying to find a good mixture to give my wife on a daily basis but the coconut oil makes her gag. I have tried coffee mixes but they do not work. Trying to build her daily input to 3 tbs a day. She also does not like anything real sweet. Any suggestions?

    • Mix the unflavored & melted with soft butter then reset it & she will never know.

  30. I love coconut oil, but my husband thinks a quarter cup is too much oil to be consuming a day. I think he is lumping coconut oil in with all the other oils that doctors say to avoid because of artery clogging. How should I explain to him that coconut oil doesn’t do that. I am not sure how I should word it. I am not so good at explaining things to people face to face……..

  31. Everyone but my son (who has ADHD and could use the coconut oil in his diet) loves the taste of coconut. If I try any of these baked goods recipes that have coconut oil in them, will the coconut flavor be really prominent? I want him to be willing to eat them but if he tastes the coconut he won’t.

  32. Can you get the same health benefits of coconut oil just by consuming coconut meat every day? And by that I mean the stuff you buy in a package usually in the baking good section of the store.

  33. I drain the peanut oil off of my natural peanut butter then I add equal amount of Coconut Oil. It tastes great. I also add honey to my Peanut butter.

  34. I just loved the taste & smell of coconut oil. I just started eating organic/virgin coconut oil with my youngest son. I have decided to eat it daily basis for I knew now the great benefits it will give us. Just 5 months ago, I been confined in a hospital for heart attack. And also I have diabetes. I have 6 kinds maintenance meds a day. Does eating coconut oil daily won’t affect in my maintenance meds daily? I hope it won’t. I want to get well for my kids. Thanks lot.

  35. Thank-you so much for this post!!!
    Am off to make a hot cocoa using your coffee idea 🙂

  36. Will eating raw coconut be of any benefit? Other than it killing my jaw….but i love coconut…..

  37. I’m very interested but I’m blood type o and it states no coconut of any kind? So were do I go from here?

  38. the more coconut oil you add the more weight you lose

    • Have you loss alot of weight sense taking the coconut oil

  39. I recently bought nutiva organic refined coconut oil for cooking since it Does not have a “coconut” taste. I also enjoy a tablespoon in my hot tea but I’m wondering if the refined version has the same health benefits as the unrefined does. Anyone know??

    • Hi there. Does it matter when one takes the coconut oil? I mean do u have to take it first thing in the morning or straight after a meal?


      • I cannot use the coconut oil first thing in my day. It causes me extreme nausea and stomach cramping. Therefore I use it well into my day when I have consumed enough food. I looked into this, as I was concerned as well, and found that it doesn’t matter what part of the day you take it. The benefits are the same whether consumed morning.I afternoon.g or evening! ?

  40. I interested in any weight loss people have had eating the coconut oil

  41. I have heard/read all the benefits of coconut oil. To include enriching breastmilk. Curious if anyone has had any increase in breastmilk production. Thoughts on this…?

  42. I have a liver disease and I have angsidey and I want to know out of all the stuff coconut oil does for u does it really work I have nervous leg sindrom can I still take this product

    • This claims to be very beneficial for restless leg syndrome. Or nervous leg syndrome as you call it. It claims to actually help that affliction!

  43. I like to use coconut oil on my toast instead of butter. I can get about 1 tablespoon of the oil per piece of bread. I just don’t like the nasty oil residue left in my mouth after pulling.

    • I love coconut oil on toast or toasted bagel instead of butter or cream cheese. I don’t notice the same oily “after feeling,” in fact I love the coconut oil’s aftertaste and usually makes me hungry for more.

  44. what i the exact usage of coconut oil on a daily basis and how should it be consumed? Before meals, with meals or after meals..

    • I am wondering if will help high cholesterol?

  45. Half no added sugar, crunchy peanut butter, half coconut oil, whip thoroughly. If you want a little sweetness add a few drops of Stevia. Put in a sterile jar or back in n the peanut butter jar if it’s now empty and store in fridge. Great on celery. Doesn’t stick to the roof of your mouth or on dentures like regular peanut butter. One way to feed it to kids is to crush up mints (the big powdery ones) and choc biscuits, mix half condensed milk and half coconut oil in til you can roll into a log and freeze. Then just cut off a slice here and there for a. Treat. Soon they will be more accustomed to the flavour.
    When cooking with coconut oil, using half ghee, half coconut oil can disguise the smell and taste. Try shallow frying some potato, sweet potato and honey slices in it to see how it caramelizes. You can now get coconut oil capsules.
    I know this is not health nut stuff but if you’re not accustomed to the flavour and you would like to be, then it’s a good way to begin.
    Blend 8 strawberries with 200 grams of neufchatel cheese and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to make a mousse that will set like cheesecake in the fridge.

  46. Coconut oil is the best lube. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, moisturizing, edible, smells good and gets absorbed into your body at the same time! I used to suffer from dryness and would get chronic yeast infections from the friction, and my doctor recommended using coconut oil as a “massage oil” and it has saved my life! Ladies, especially those that don’t produce enough moisture or have unbalanced PH levels, use coconut oil!!! The only thing is that you can’t use it with generic condoms because oil causes the breakdown of the rubber.


    • That isn’t true.

  47. Just bought my first jar today! Looking forward to the benefits I keep hearing & reading about!

  48. Hello,

    I just found this beautiful site. Thanks Katie!!!

    I just bought my first coconut oil and have been doing the “Oil Pull” and must say WOW. I was suffering from inflamed gums before for about 2 weeks and brushing,flossing, and rinsing with mouth wash was killing me and making the issue worse. The day after I started “pulling” the inflammation was less. A week after it was completely gone and my gums feel great. I am not taking a small spoon full a day. I tried a TBS and had bowl issues( makes a great laxative, LOL).

    I do have a question though.

    What is the best form? refined or unrefined?

    Thanks again for all the hard work Katie. Wish there had been a site like this when I first became a mom 17 yrs ago. And thanks to everyone else with all the helpful comments.

  49. I have Crisco Organic Coconut Oil. It doesn’t say whether it is refined or unrefined, or whether or not it is virgin oil. Will I still receive the same health benefits?

    • Most questions are answered about crisco’s coconut oil here:


      It says at the bottom: We just heard back from Crisco about whether the coconut oil is refined and here’s what they said: It is expeller pressed, and then refined using a mechanical process that does not include the addition of any solvents or other chemicals.

  50. I just saw my doctor today and told her I was using coconut oil (I take about 2 – 3 tbs a day). I’m not sure if she’s acquainted with the benefits of using coconut oil, but she was concerned about the fact that it was an oil and could cause weight gain….something I really need to monitor.

    Can I use coconut milk or water instead of oil. Do they have the same benefits as the oil.

    • No you can’t. Coconut oil helps with weight loss. Your doctor is uninformed.

    • I’m up to 6 tablespoons a day. I’ve read that you can take up to ten tablespoons in order to regulate hormones. Muy basal temperature Is rising!
      When I started I had to back off, because I was terribly sensitive. Now it doesn’t bother Madre anymore.

  51. Have you ever had or heard of “magic shell”? It’s the chocolate ice cream syrup that hardens on your ice cream. The magic ingredient that makes it harden? You guessed it…coconut oil! As it hardens to a solid state below 76 degrees. There are easy recipes on the internet to make your own at home with a little chocolate syrup and coconut oil, yet another way to get a daily dose. Plus it’s bound to cost less than what the original product does in stores.

  52. Hi, I was wondering about higher cholesterol levels due to higher coconut oil consumption. I recently had my annual doctor’s visit and blood work analyzed. They noted higher cholesterol level at 220 for a 24 year old female, although my good cholesterol was ok at 74. They attributed it to higher saturated fats in my diet. I started consuming 2-3 tbls. of coconut oil daily to balance my hormones per your blog. It totally helped but now I’m worrying about cholesterol levels. I also started to eat red meats again but only 1-2 times per month if at all. What are your thoughts? I love the hormone balancing effects including improved skin complexion that appears to be from coconut oil in my diet, but want to watch my cholesterol levels. Thank you and I love your blog!! It’s very well-balanced.

  53. Sadly, I’m one of those people that gets really sick when I ingest straight coconut oil. It’s not a taste, smell or mental thing, it’s a gastro reaction. My stomach reacts very violently and I get huge cramps for about an hour. Not fun.

    Oh, I can and do enjoy coconut food in all its other forms, in fact, I love it as one of my favorite deserts – even raw coconut meat and water; straight from the coconut. Is there any way people like me can get our stomach to except coconut oil though? Maybe some trick, brand of oil or a side food I can eat with it to counter act the effects? HELP!

  54. Hi,

    Im curious does the coconut oil good for arthris?

  55. I haven’t done any research on this bit was just curious on your opinion. Do you think ingesting that much coconut oil every day does anything to your gut health since it is a natural antibacterial? Do you take a probiotic every day too?

    • I do take a probiotic daily as well, and eat tons of probiotic foods. I find that the coconut oil does not mess with the good bacteria.

  56. Can you eat Crisco Brand Coconut oil right out of the jar?Is this a decent Brand? Same benefits?It’s Organic /Virgin

    • I have been using the Criso organic coconut oil for my skin and hair, but I just started ingesting it. I take it right out of the jar, and it tastes pretty good. I’ve only been ingesting it for a couple of days now, but so far so good.

  57. I am so excited reading all the post on coconut oil I used it on my toes on my feet .to help get shut of fungas .believe me it worked .I am delighted with the resu!ts .every mor I showered then put coconut oil on my toes .good results .olivia

  58. Great article on coconut oil, it is indeed healthy, but people often ignore the fact that coconuts are produced in the tropical and South east Asia regions, where people consume coconut water, because the summers are very hot and humid, and it gives them instant hydration. Also, people in the tropics are way more active, eat little or no processed foods, or vegetable oils, have different metabolic rates, and therefore, can consume an oil rich in saturated fats.
    Bottom line, what works for people living in my region may not work for people living in the US and Europe, so it’s best to eat locally produced food that is more suitable for your lifestyle and weather conditions. Cheers!

  59. Hello I am new to your blog and I’m at the point where I am on a natural journey I guess because I will be 30 soon and I have overall been struggling with some health issues. I have been struggling to lose weight despite eating properly and excercising. I also suffer from sweating especially at night I suspect that I have a hormone problem I can barely get doctors to take me serious but through reading your blog I am Inspired and motivated to heal and repair my body. Thank you

  60. I enjoy reading all i can about coconut oil, thank you!

  61. I, like a few of you, do not really like it straight from the jar. I have found 1 or 2 tbls. in hot chocolate is yummy! Also, anyone have any feedback with organic extra virgin oil’s ability to cure a hemorroid?

  62. How do I use on hair and face, under eyes? Just massage in?

  63. I’m new to the while coconut thing…I’ve been taking about a heaping teaspoon (I have to chase it with a little water to help it go down, lol) every morning after waking up…been doing this for a few weeks now…I use the Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Apothecary…so far so good but the recently I’ve been getting an upset stomach…not sure if its from the coconut oil or something else. I work offshore as a boat captain and some of the food on the vessel is fried which doesn’t really work for me but sometimes there’s nothing else. I think that upsets my system more than anything. I’ve been working out and getting healthy and am on the right track here. Do you think the coconut oil is starting to affect me? I’ve started to use it a lot for various things as well, face moisturizer at night, lip balm, oil pulling about once a week, cooking when at home etc. I even have my GF starting to use it. She’s loves it. Got her her own jar lol. So you think I’m on the right track here?

  64. Please note that coconut oil is high in saturated fat and may increase your LDL cholesterol. This is the bad fats. We want to avoid saturated fats. Do not replace your unsaturated fats with coconut oil. If you use a lot of butter then this is a better choice. Please use with caution.

  65. I have Crohns and coconut oil makes my guts feel so much better that I deal with the strong taste and oily feel in order to get enough in my system daily. There is a lot of research proving that it aids in the inflammation that accompanies (or causes) the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases. It does not cause me any intestinal cramping, but to the contrary, relieves crampiness. I even feel like I tolerate problematic foods better when taking it regularly, like gluten and dairy. That is an amazing thing for someone like me! I have learned to take it in hot coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. I also massage it into my abdomen everyday. I use Tropical Traditions gold label in the big bucket! I have taken so many drugs for this disease, including Remicade and humira, none of which had lasting positive effects on me. I’m so grateful for God leading me to a simple food addition that is making a big difference in my quality of life!

  66. I have recently starting consuming coconut oil, and I was able to start ingesting 3 tablespoons a day without a problem. As I live in the Philippines, it is readily available to me and I made sure to buy high quality VCO. My family owns a coconut plantation, but we currenlty don’t produce vco; I am actually getting into VCO for research too as we’re planning to make some ourselves.

    Anyway, I am writing this comment to say that based on my father’s explanation, the method of coconut oil extraction is only HALF the quality of the end-product. That’s why similarly labeled, similarly produced coconut oil can be very different. It is actually the quality of the coconuts picked that make it truly excellent. You can identify a high quality VCO when it is tasteless or tastes like coconut. And it should smell more like coconuts not copra (dried up old coconut). The texture is also important, the milkier/creamier VCO is usually better.

    I actually feel bad that the Tropical Traditions company only exports, so I am unable to buy it directly here. But based on the details, their oil is one of the best in the world.

  67. I bought my first jar of coconut oil 2 days ago. I was thinking it would smell, sweet but to my surprise it has no SCENT, no taste.
    I consumed my 1 St Tablespoon an it wasn’t terrible but WHY not taste or SCENT ?

  68. I just tried coconut oil for few days and realised my receeding gum aren’t red and starting to grow back. I’m so surprised it did work bcos I love my teeth so much I was so worried I thought i couldn’t do anything to hve a healthy gum back. I can finally get my smile back.

  69. It is a challenge to keep getting enough coconut oil daily. Using Coconut brain treats does make it easy to simply use them as a treat throughout the day

  70. We put 1 TB into a homemade bowl of oatmeal each morning. I use unrefined and love the slight nutty taste it adds. I pour 2/3 cup of oats into a bowl with about 1 1/2 cups of water, microwave for 2-2.5 minutes, or until the oats are cooked. Add 1 TB coconut oil, 1 ripe banana mashed, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. My son always insists on adding frozen wild main blueberries to his. We eat this several days a week.

  71. I just got to know about this coconut oil benefits today, please does it improve eyesight. How does it improve or enhance memory. I am really interested in all the benefits

  72. I am diabetic and am
    Interested in daily dose to benefit my health

  73. I have been taking VCO now for several weeks and believe I am having good results, except I am getting very dry, scaly skin on the palms of my hands. Could this be caused by the VCO?

  74. I like this article but it makes me wonder, why is it so hard for people to just eat something healthy as is? Why does something healthy need to be made into a brownie or a cookie or used to fry something so it tastes greasy. This behavior just reinforces poor eating habits.

  75. Have you tried air frying?

  76. I take 2 capsules of coconut oil each night and morning. I put a dollup in anything hot I drink, and a lot of soups I eat. Summer is the hardest time for me to get it all in, but I always get those 4 capsules in everyday. For those that don’t like the flavor or the oily texture, this is a great alternative. I use the Now brand. It’s cheap and seems to be good qualiry. It is melted at appropriate Temps and firm at appropriate Temps.