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Coconut Milk Problems?
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I have been using So Delicious coconut milk for months or a Trader Joe's brand with similar ingredients. There are a lot of additives in both, though nothing that causes a gluten like reaction for me. My nutritionist suggested adding coconut milk to my diet, and I didn't realize some had additives while others didn't. I'm questioning these products now because I suffer from constipation problems, and leaky gut issues. I can't handle anything that is hard to digest, including fish or meat. Has anyone had problems digesting the coconut milk brands with additives such as these? It's been the only processed, non whole food in my diet for months now. I stopped using it days ago to see if that helps me feel better.

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You might be sensitive to coconut or you might have a problem digesting it because it's high in fat - not sure. I tend to have problems with coconut milks and stuff with a lot of additives in general but I don't think it's gluten related. I think my body just doesn't tolerate it well. I will say that I trust So Delicious more than Trader Joe's brands so maybe it's a brand thing?

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Coconut milk has a laxative effect in many people. Me included. I can't have it at all. Google it.

Sorry it's not working for you.

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I am intolerant to cocoanut. Can't even drink water that has been filtered through filters made with cocoanut hulls. I get horrible nausea from it.

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Giving up my beloved coconut milk for two weeks hasn't improved my slow digestion at all . I don't think it was causing any problems for me at all, so I'm enjoying it again.

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Great! I have been using Thai brand organic canned coconut milk. I think it is just coconut milk and no additives. You might check that out or some other brand of canned milk for less additives.

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I only use canned coconut milk (Native Forest). The milks like the So Delicious brand have carrageenan in them and many people have strong reactions to that. It's a source of MSG and is shown to cause a lot of gastrointestinal problems especially for celiacs. In fact researching carrageenan effects on celiacs is what led me to this forum in the first place. The search function should pull up some old threads. Personally I'd give it the boot, it's hard enough getting your intestines to heal without the extra onslaught.

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The milks like the So Delicious brand have carrageenan in them and many people have strong reactions to that. It's a source of MSG and is shown to cause a lot of gastrointestinal problems especially for celiacs. Personally I'd give it the boot, it's hard enough getting your intestines to heal without the extra onslaught.

Very good to know, and I agree completely, thanks! I finally took the leap and bought a can of Trader Joes's coconut milk, with no additives, and it was just as good! It will be great to use in recipes too. No need to even consider brands with additives anymore. And it will keep on the shelf longer. Win win. Yay!

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Hmmm... today I had my new canned coconut milk with no additives in my smoothie and I felt "weird" afterwards. It reminds me of the way I felt when I first tried brown rice protein powder before I realized rice was starting to give me gluten like symptoms. Uh oh, my feet are vibrating a tiny bit like before I stopped eating gluten. I think coconut milk "glutened" me! I thought I had identified the last problem food. Add coconut milk to the list. The rollercoaster continues...

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I was unable to drink coconut milk because of the gums and carrageenan which are additive they put an many dairy products to make them creamier. Whip cream and ice cream have them too. Canned coconut milk without these additive might be worth a try for you, I was able to drink it.

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