Is Coconut Paleo? Yes

Coconut makes up a large part of the Paleo lifestyle for a lot of people. It is not necessary to consume coconut on a Paleo diet, although some people might try to tell you otherwise.

Coconut As A Superfood

Coconut is commonly thought to be a kind of superfood due to its extremely high saturated fat content. Saturated fat is more desirable than unsaturated fat because it is more stable at high temperatures, and therefore can be used in cooking without worrying about the fat oxidizing. Oxidized fat results in oxidized cholesterol in the bloodstream, a dangerous precursor to cardiovascular disease. Consumption of stable saturated fat, on the other hand, leads to a lower incidence of oxidized cholesterol in the blood, as well as higher levels of HDL and lower levels of LDL.

Nutrient Content of Coconuts

The coconut is one of the most nutritious nuts out there and is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and a slew of B vitamins.

Mark Sisson has a whole post on the nutritional benefits of coconut, as well as suggestions for how to use the various parts of the nut.

Recipes with Coconut

Paleo Recipe Paleo Biscuits Let's Do This
Paleo Recipe Stone Fruit Crisp Let's Do This
Paleo Recipe Paleo Tortillas Let's Do This
Poached Chicken with Garlic Radishes 03 Let's Do This
Paleo Ground Beef Stir Fry Let's Do This
Lemon-Thyme Roasted Cauliflower Let's Do This
Paleo Dessert Cocoa-Nut Apples Let's Do This
Banana Mocha Paleo Breakfast Cake Let's Do This
Eggplant Lamb Paleo Soup Let's Do This
Paleo Crab Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms Let's Do This
Paleo Cranberry Pie Let's Do This
Mashed Turnips with Bacon Let's Do This
Maple Paleo Cornbread Let's Do This
Baked Cauliflower Casserole Let's Do This
Whole Paleo Tandoori Chicken Let's Do This
Cranberry Chip Paleo Ice Cream Let's Do This
Pecan Flax Paleo Pancakes Let's Do This
Paleo Ice Cream Cake Let's Do This
Paleo Chocolate Banana Bread Let's Do This
Paleo Cookie Dough Bites Let's Do This
Maple Cinnamon Paleo Donuts Let's Do This
Paleo Frappuccino Let's Do This
Paleo Not Fried Chicken Let's Do This
Paleo Meatloaf with Bison and Bacon Let's Do This
Paleo Pumpkin Blueberry Bread Let's Do This
Paleo Chocolate Coconut Haystacks Let's Do This
Lamb Balls Let's Do This
Coconut Banana Berry Smoothie Let's Do This
Butternut Pear Soup Let's Do This
Turnip Hash Casserole Let's Do This
Cherry (not so) Green Paleo Smoothie Let's Do This
Thyme Butternut Squash Fries Let's Do This
Crispy Prosciutto Fruit Cups Let's Do This
Everything But The Kitchen Sink Chili Let's Do This
Paleo Teriyaki Beef Jerky Let's Do This
Paleo Peaches and Cream 01 Let's Do This
Primal Parsnip Cupcakes Let's Do This
Paleo Raw Pumpkin Balls Let's Do This
Strawberry Paleo Snack Bar Let's Do This
Paleo Pumpkin Pie Let's Do This
Zucchini Apple Paleo Muffin Let's Do This
Paleo Granola Bars Let's Do This
Primal Shamrock Shake Recipe Let's Do This
Primal Blueberry Hazelnut Breakfast Cake Crumble Let's Do This
Green Smoothie with Parsley Let's Do This