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#1 shortyrules

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 07:42 PM

Is it okay to eat coconuts or anything with coconut in it? A friend of my sister had Gastric Bypass and her Dr. told her that she would never be able to eat coconut the rest of her life. I saw a protein drink not long after my surgery and it looked really good... but then I saw that it had coconut milk in it and I didn't get it.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:22 AM

I would think it would be along the same lines as nuts/seeds...not good for early post-op, until cleared by the doc. That said, I'm addicted to chocolate chia coconut pudding right now and have been making it every other day for over a week. No problems with the shredded unsweetened coconut.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:33 AM

I was not told to avoid coconut. I would not, however, make it a habit of eating it regularly since it is very high in saturated fat. I, personally, would treat it like butter. Add it as an accent to things that REALLY need it to make them yummy or fulfilling, but only AFTER my active weight loss phase and only occasionally.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 02:50 AM

Thank y'all for replying. See I was told that I could never, ever have any coconut or anything with coconut in it as it would harm my pouch for the rest of my life. I was just wondering if anyone else had been told the same thing.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 04:46 AM

No, definitely not something you'd eat every day, but not on the 86 list for life, either. There's less than a TBSP in the entire chia pudding recipe I make and it give it the tiniest bit of coconut flavor. There are WLS servings in the recipe, so I feel like it's ok, as a treat.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 05:33 AM

Huh? I've NEVER heard this before. And I've been eating coconut Greek yogurt like crazy lately. Does anybody know why/how it's harmful?
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:36 AM

I eat fresh and unsweetened coconut occasionally but I wasn't cleared for it for 12 weeks.

It's definitely something I limit because of the high fat content.

Interestingly, there's documentation about a coconut bezoar found in a RNY patient. Apparently, coconut is known to form emulsions and suspensions which they suspect caused the issues but I'm also thinking that the patient ate a lot of the stuff too:

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/18347881

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:47 AM

hmmm, I drink Vanilla Coconut Milk in my shakes every day. 1/2 cup is like 45 calories and 5.5 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat.
Its vegan, soy free, lactose free.
When compared to 2% milk, the fat is the same but the calories is less.

Do you all think thats ok?

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:55 PM

Whoa, Cinwa! That's crazy!

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:01 AM

hmmm, I drink Vanilla Coconut Milk in my shakes every day. 1/2 cup is like 45 calories and 5.5 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat.
Its vegan, soy free, lactose free.
When compared to 2% milk, the fat is the same but the calories is less.

Do you all think thats ok?


Coconut milk is fine Angela - and I prefer the taste of unsweetened coconut milk over soy any day.

The issue is with the fiber in coconut meat (fresh or otherwise) - not the milk or coconut water.

Coconut is very high in insoluble fiber (rivaling psyllium and bran). In itself, that's outstanding but when you factor in that we don't drink with our meals or for X time afterwards, or for some, they don't drink enough fluids anyway, too much insoluble fiber can lead to constipation.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:58 AM

Whew!! Thanks Cinwa, good to know!! I got worried there for a second. My vanilla coconut milk is awesome!!

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 11:57 PM

Holy Cow! I just read the actual paper and it noted "the patient admitted to having consumed an entire 400 gram (0.4 kg) bag of sweetened, dried, shredded coconut in one sitting." Ok, SHE should never eat coconut... ever. But, I imagine the rest of us, who only have a few bites or a sprinkle of shavings on our oatmeal, will be ok as long as we chew well...

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 05:10 AM

Holy Cow! I just read the actual paper and it noted "the patient admitted to having consumed an entire 400 gram (0.4 kg) bag of sweetened, dried, shredded coconut in one sitting." Ok, SHE should never eat coconut... ever. But, I imagine the rest of us, who only have a few bites or a sprinkle of shavings on our oatmeal, will be ok as long as we chew well...


400 g = 14.1 oz! :blink:

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 01:22 PM

There was a figure that showed the "distended" pouch. It was almost unrecognizable! I cannot imagine that was comfortable!! It is also interesting to me that a doc would translate this incident to "no coconut, ever!" If he/she actually read the article, it would be clear that it wasn't the coconut that caused the problem.

Continuing to show my inner nerd... I took a brief look at some other literature on bezoars in bypass patients and found that most cases were also associated with the presence of strictures. This would cause food to slow its exit from the pouch and allow fibrous foods to congeal and stick into a ball in the pouch. That really leads me to believe that a stricture is more of a bezoar risk factor than the actual eating of fibrous foods. Also, most were easily broken up with the endsocopy scope which makes me wonder why it is such a fear anyway and warrants having docs warn folks against fibrous fruits and veggies. I will have to look more into this...

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 07:58 AM

I discovered that I absolutely cannot eat toasted coconut, but I absolutely can eat fresh coconut in small quantities. I also drink coconut water with the bits of fresh coconut floating in it because coconut water is very hydrating and well... just yummy! But unless you're willing to hurl, avoid the toasted coconut! eww... still fresh in my mind... eww.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 08:34 AM

I make Coconut Shrimp using unsweetened coconut flakes from Whole Foods or Fresh Market. Just toast the coconut a bit then soak the shrimp in olive oil the dip in shrimp, then put in a frying pan and cook them. YUM!
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Posted 23 July 2012 - 08:35 AM

Omg, i was not told anything about coconut, I wish i had seen this post earlier, I just bought coconut tortillas yesterday and i was so excited I even posted about them, now it looks like I will be returning them :(

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 11:26 AM

Omg, i was not told anything about coconut, I wish i had seen this post earlier, I just bought coconut tortillas yesterday and i was so excited I even posted about them, now it looks like I will be returning them :(


No! You can eat coconuts! The problem that folks have is when they eat massive amounts of coconut shaving/pieces without chewing well. It could happen with anything fibrous. I imagine a coconut tortilla has been processed enough to avoid any issues anyway.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 10:40 PM

Oh thank u bugdocmom for posting that, I'm so much happier knowing I can have the coconut tortillas.

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