This is a difficult question and the answer is going to be different for everyone. It depends on what coconut products you are eating as there are several different kinds. It also depends on how much other fat you are eating during the day. And, remember that you can have too much of anything. Although it would be a challenge, you can die from drinking too much water.
I personally enjoy a lot of coconut oil, shredded coconut and coconut water (awesome carbs). I buy all 3 from Amazon for very reasonable prices. I used to consume a lot of coconut milk but stopped since I was buying it from a health food store that was 10 miles away. I went there to buy coconut milk and that was it. It simply was not worth it since I just eat more coconut oil and shredded coconut as well.
A pure coconut is also awesome I might add…
I occasionally use coconut flour when I wish to enjoy a baked good or coconut pancakes. It has been a while since I have used coconut flour but I am sure I will be craving it soon for a delicious baked treat – maybe coconut flour bread?
Many primal/paleo enthusiasts are huge coconut fans. I am one of them. While I only eat a few of the several types of coconut, I still eat it everyday. I have been cooking with butter recently but nothing is better than cooking with coconut oil. I can also eat the stuff off a spoon. I add shredded coconut to anything when I have a coconut craving or just want some healthy fat.
So, how much coconut is too much?
Like I said in the beginning, it depends on many factors. I asked the MDA Forum a while ago how much coconut one enjoys in a day. Several people answered in the 300-500 calorie range. I get about 100-300 calories a day from coconut myself which includes cooking veggies, eggs, etc. in coconut oil. If you feel great after eating this much coconut then awesome!
I don’t want to put a limit on how much coconut you consume, but if more than 25% of your calories are from coconut then I would guess that you might want to eat a little less and instead add other healthy fats to your diet. Grass fed beef, fish, seafood, pastured pork and chicken and other wild animals are obviously awesome choices. Macadamia nuts are great since they are low in omega 6 fatty acids while just about everyone knows the great benefits of olive oil. Just don’t cook with olive oil – it’s best to cook with saturated fats such as coconut oil and animal fats including butter!
Coconut is without question a superfood. Most types are rich in saturated fat and contain a fair amount of micronutrients as well. Saturated fat does NOT lead to heart disease and is in fact an essential nutrient for all cells and gives us energy. How about that?! Just don’t go completely overboard.
Coconut water is pure carbs so be careful with this stuff if you are limiting your carbs for weight loss purposes.
How much coconut do you consume in a day? What are your favorite types?