Coconut is not an across the board avoid for all blood types. It is neutral for BT A’s who are non-secretors, and it falls into different categories in the SWAMI personalized diet app. If someone is passionately driven towards coconuts they are going to fight for it tooth and nail, and Dr. D’Adamo’s stance has always been that he provides his guidelines, and you can choose or not choose to follow them. Many people believe that when a study comes out touting the benefits of a new medication (or in this case–food) that it must be great for everyone. This however is not the case. Coconuts might be good to eat every now and then but that doesn’t mean one should be consuming it everyday for the rest of their lives. There is a plethora of information about coconuts and its saturated fat content. Saturated fats, which are high in coconuts, causes the body and liver to produce more serum cholesterol via the slowdown of the liver cells making LDL (“bad cholesterol”) receptors. With the lack of LDL receptors the body is blind to the amount of LDL circulating in the body. Put this into a Blood Type A who has a lot of inflammation in their vascular system, and you have the perfect storm. Dr. Brody’s goal as a naturopathic physician is to prevent diseases not slowly wait for them.
The other area of the coconut debate that must be addressed is the consequences of dietary lectins. Lectins can cause unnecessary changes to the cellular surface. This has to do with a phenomenon called receptor capping. This capping causes the receptors on cells to group together. When this occurs, agglutination can happen which can make people more sensitive to other foods.
The last area of the Debate is coconut water. As this is not listed in the SWAMI diet please consider this beverage a neutral.
Dr. D’Adamo wrote a blog post that has additional information: