Can Coconut Oil Cause Diarrhea?

If you experience symptoms similar to diarrhea and feel a little nauseous after eating coconut oil, odds are, you have taken a bit too much especially when you're just getting started with this health-promoting super food or your body has yet to get used to its bowel-loosening effect.

Coconut oil causes diarrhea

Coconut oil (particularly the virgin type) contains 64% medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are not only good at protecting you against diseases and harmful microorganisms, but are also effective in softening stools and loosening bowels.

In other words, coconut oil is a powerful cure for constipation as one of its many health benefits.

However, taking 2 or even 3 tablespoons of the oil in one sitting especially on an empty stomach can cause diarrhea-like symptoms. Not only coconut oil starters, even seasoned coconut oil eaters (like me) or those who have serious constipation issues will have very loose stools if they consume the oil that way.

This is one of the side effects resulting from eating too much coconut oil in one sitting.

One thing worth mentioning is that the "side effects" that coconut oil causes does not ...read more »