There is a lot of confusion about coconut products (namely coconut oil) and the blood type diet. One of the most frequently asked questions from those who read my 333 Uses For Coconut Oil post is what my take is on the blood type diet and the concern for Blood Type O people consuming coconut oil and other coconut products.
Let me state that I am NOT a medical professional. At all. Everything I share on my blog is based on research and personal experience. It is NOT to be taken as hard and firm medical advice. My posts are designed to encourage you to do more research and to consult with a trusted medical professional. So please, take everything I say in the rest of this post as MY OPINION ONLY! Good gosh I do not want to be held accountable for anyone experiencing an adverse reaction to coconut because I give the green light on it.
Coconut Oil and Blood Type O
I wrote a post on Traditional Foods and the Blood Type Diet some time ago. You might want to check it out if you have no idea what the Blood Type Diet is all about. I have to admit that while I do think that there is some merit to it, I also remain a tad skeptical. I know that I can eat some of the forbidden foods with no adverse effects. I also know that there are indeed some forbidden foods that do me no favors. So honestly, the verdict is out for me on the Blood Type Diet. However, I know many people swear by it and that is where the concern is when it comes to coconut products and the Type O's of the world.
According to the diet, Blood Type O individuals are credited with being the original human blood type. Blood Type O was the blood type of the hunter-gatherer nomads of the African plains that subsisted from fruits and berries naturally growing and whatever could be killed from the game herds that migrated across the continent. These early hunters subsisted from no agricultural products and likely no dairy products, thus Blood Type O individuals are sensitive to milk, eggs, and most agriculture (grains, wheat, etc).
Here is where the confusion comes in regarding coconut.
In theory, coconut was NOT a food consumed by the hunter-gatherer nomads of the African plains. Although it is not considered an agricultural product per say, it is also not considered to be a naturally growing product according to several proponents of the Blood Type diet. Uh, correct me if I am wrong but last I checked coconuts were high up there on the naturally growing food item chain! Sure, they have become part of the agricultural world today but for hundreds of thousands of years, coconut palms were not farmed.
Another argument against consuming coconut oil is that it will prohibit weight loss and possibly lead to weight gain in Type O individuals. You see, Blood Type Os are known for having a sluggish thyroid. However, coconut oil is known for AIDING in weight loss and supporting thyroid function. Confused much?
I wrote an entire post on Hashimoto's Disease which is triggered by a low functioning thyroid. In my post, I explored how coconut oil can aid in improving thyroid function. I suggest you read that post for a better understanding of why a Type O with a sluggish thyroid would benefit, and not be harmed by consuming coconut oil.
Important to note – the saturated fats in coconut oil contribute to weight loss and controlling food cravings. It also increases metabolic rate. So really, the argument that Blood Type O individuals should avoid coconut oil because they will gain weight is invalid in my opinion and based on my research.
The Problem With Blood Type O
Although Type O's are known for being rather healthy, they are prone to stomach problems including ulcers and heartburn. Other common health issues that Blood Type O individuals face are a hypersensitivity to allergens (especially mold), arthritis, low clotting factor (vitamin K deficiency), and diabetes.
Coconut oil is known for its ability to aid with the symptoms of all of these health issues and in some individuals may actually prevent or cure the above mentioned health issues. For individuals with diabetes it is known for keeping blood sugar levels stable and for controlling sugar cravings. For those suffering from hayfever, rubbing a little coconut oil inside the nostril can be helpful in clearing a runny nose and ending sneezing bouts.
Taken internally it will help build immunity against certain allergens. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids so anyone experiencing a Vitamin K deficiency (are anyone prone to one) would benefit from coconut oil. For anyone suffering from arthritis, coconut oil will reduce inflammation, aid in pain management, and lubricate the joints.
At the end of the day, only YOU can decide what is best for your health. If you feel that consuming coconut oil is too risky and that its health benefits do not outweigh your concerns about coconut oil and being a Type O, then by all means, do not consume it. But in my humble opinion, coconut oil is simply to powerful of a healer to NOT consume regularly.
Like everything else in life, start slow and see how your body reacts. Gradually increase the amount of coconut oil you consume daily and if you have no adverse effects then hop on board the coconut oil train and don't look back. If you do have some adverse reactions then either scale back on the amount you are consuming or avoid it. Again, your body – your choice.
Don' t forget to read the other posts in my Coconut Health series!