Are Coconuts Dipped in Formaldehyde (Update!) : The Renegade Health Show Episode #618

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I’ve addressed this question before, but after talking to John Kohler, who’s done his own research, I have more information…

In this episode, I also answer questions about juice fasting once a week, maltodextrin and more.

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Your question of the day: What do you think of juice fasting once a week?

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Gabi says:

    Juice fasting once a week seems like a good idea.. I notice my body naturally wants to do that every so often.. and I just do it.. I definitely recommend trying it and logging your results 😉

    Kevin, a question for you: What is better.. a blend tec or a vitamix? and why?! I’ve seen comparison charts and it seems the blend tec is more practical… yet the vitamix is more popular. what do you think?

    Thank you!!!!!


  2. Sparrow says:

    I’m planning to get a juicer next month and my hope is to juice fast twice a week and on the holy fasts (Lent, pre-Nativity, etc.)

    I am an Orthodox Christian and the Church teaches to fast (from meat, eggs, dairy, alcohol) on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as the longer fasts like Lent. But since I am already vegan, the fasting days and times are just times I mark in my head and not with a dietary change. I believe it would be safe and potentially beneficial for my health to abstain from solid foods on those days when my fellow Orthodox are abstaining from meat, eggs, dairy, alcohol, etc.

    I’m planning to start with one day a week (either Wed. or Fri.) and when I’m comfortable with that, adding the second day per week, and when I’m comfortable with that, trying a longer juice feast for the 40 days of Lent or the 40 days before Nativity.

    I’m not sure if it’s a crazy idea or not, but I feel it would both benefit my health and give me a sense of belonging to the rituals and rhythms of my religion again. I suspect it’s healthier to eat raw vegan and juice fast on Holy Days than to eat SAD and then eat vegan on the Holy Days! But, of course, if my body gives signs of not accepting the juice fasting, I will reassess what I’m doing and step it back a notch or two.

  3. Hello gang!

    I think juice fasting 1 day a week is brilliant! For people who aren’t familiar with juicing or fasting, it’s a great way to introduce both at the same time. Not only do you give your digestive organs a break but it’s one sure way to get a concentrated amount of nutrition in every week especially if you juice the darker leafy greens like Kale, chard, nettles, dandelion greens, or herbs like cilantro or parsley. Many people (not here though :)find these darker greens unpalatable in large quantities so by juicing them with more appetizing veggies or fruits, they’ll be able to “choke” them down. Juicing 1 day a week is also not a huge time commitment which daily juicing can get to be.

    Something also worth noting is that 1 full day of fasting can actually be turned into much more than just 24h with relative ease. If you stopped eating after your last meal, say 5pm on Saturday, fasted for 1 full day on Sunday, and then broke your fast at 9am on Monday or better yet have juice for breakfast and extend your fast until lunch, that would be 40-43 hours of fasting or almost 2 full days with it only seeming like 1. By choosing to juice fast rather than water fast you also avoid some of them concerns with triggering the body’s starvation programming which could have a negative impact on people who are trying to lose weight.

  4. Tara Burner says:

    Fortunately for me, I can get fresh coconuts right off the trees here…along with lots of other things too…

    meanwhile, I love juice fasting…I’ve done anywhere from one day to 90 day (yep did a 90 day one once)… felt so alive…physically, mentally and spiritually! 🙂

  5. One more note, by juice fasting for a full day, it’s a sure way to eat 100% raw for at least 1 day a week!!!

  6. Althea Ritter says:

    I suggest the Blend Tec. I bought a Vitamix prep 3 and the switch broke. I thought if I got the commercial product it would last forever but after 18 months the switch went out. I was surprised and called them thinking it was still under warranty and they said after the first year it only covered parts not labor. It would cost “$125.00” to get the switch fixed. I was not happy and they said if I wasn’t going to send it in to be fixed I could fix it myself (husband did it) as it’s pretty simple. For that I was thankful but Green Smoothie girl said she also found her vita mix needed to be sent in several times but has never had any problem with her blend tec. One thing about the blend tec also, it’s short and wide. The vitamix is tall and slim and does’t fit too good under my cupboards. And it’s hard to scrape everything out of them being as they are so deep. I wish I could do it all over again and I could buy the blend tec. Just my experience.

  7. Barbara says:

    Juice fasting once a week?? Sounds like you agree with Brian Clement. Is that possible????

  8. Sarah Sullivan says:

    So does anyone have a recommendation for “good source” coconuts? I buy the ones from Whole Foods –

    I would love to figure this out as it is so depressing to contemplate giving up coconuts. I use them to make the coconut kefir, etc.



  9. KAREN BEATTIE says:


  10. It works for me! I think it all depends on your body and on your state of mind! I juice feast/fast once a week if I feel like doing so. I do it whenever my body tells me I should!

  11. I have found juice fasting to be beneficial in the past, but rarelt do them these days. I think it depends where you are at in life. For someone really unhealthy I think it is a great place to start. But for someone who is very healthy and following a health diet I don’t think it’s necessary. It all depends what you are trying to achieve.

    Life is for living. I think too many people stress over the small things that don’t really matter. Do the best you can and try and improve daily. Living a spontaneous life is much more fun than ‘ i have to go to gym monday, fast tuesday, etc.’.

  12. JuicinJackie says:

    I think we need to listen to our bodies… there are some days that I don’t feel like eating alot, a little fruit or a smoothie, then other days, I’m hungrier. I think if we regimen ourselves to “I’m going to fast once a week”, without being flexible about what our body is wanting, it may not be good, your body may need something else on that day you plan on fasting. I think the best way to take the load off the body and help it detox, is to get as near to raw as possible, I find I naturally eat less and am more satisfied when I’m eating raw and have tons more energy.

    Juice feasting/fasting vs. water fasting:
    We had a friend, who was overweight, and REALLY into icecream… he gave up icecream and started water fasting once a week, religiously… he lost all the extra weight and looked great, really healthy, for about 2 years. But at age 37, his son found him dead in his garden… I don’t know if he had something else wrong with him that no one knew about, or what and I’m not saying the weekly fasting is what caused this, I’m just reporting what happened to my friend, related to the question of weekly fasts. Sorry for the negative news…

  13. I think juice fasting once a week sounds great. Even better though, I think would be doing a 7-day juice feast every month or two. I think longer periods of fasting allow the body more time to fully integrate the benefits of the fast.

  14. daniel says:

    i really think it depends. if you have been getting too many toxins and wearing out your digestion then fast if you haven’t then don’t. but when you stick your health in a strict program is when you run into problems in my experiences.

  15. Tom says:

    Thanks Kevin–good info as always.

    The following might also be useful to “renegade” community:

    Sodium metabisulfite is NOT an antifungal agent; rather, it is a disinfectant and sanitizer. It is commonly used in beer and winemaking to sanitize equipment.

    It can also used as a preservative agent as with young coconuts. Essentially, it keeps the exposed coconut husk from turning brown. Frequently an antifungal agent is added to the sodium metabisulfite.

    Sodium metabisulfite can cause respiratory problems to those who are sensitive to the chemical.

    The US Department of Agriculture has additional information you might find useful:

    Bottom line: Only organic, green coconuts are free from chemicals. Consequently, one must weigh the potential hazard of the chemicals used against the benefits of eating young coconuts. Some of the chemicals do leech through to the flesh and liquid. However, it is a very small amount and it is quickly oxidized by the liver.

    We can’t avoid being exposed to toxins—they are everywhere, even in the air we breathe. But our bodies are effective at eliminating and neutralizing them. An effective approach might be to maintain optimum health and enjoy a few coconuts, knowing that our bodies will handle the small amount of chemicals absorbed. This is the same approach I take to fruits and vegetables that I cannot obtain organically.

  16. john says:

    I think it is great Kevin ,and more than once a day to do even better.

  17. Jan says:

    All things put on/in food should be clearly stated even on produce. If it were people would be shocked at the garbage they eat. They would then realize that a small amount of a chemical is not something to dismiss since thousands of small amounts of chemicals add up to almost every known health problem.

  18. Mary Artemis says:

    HOPE YOU GET THIS. It’s regarding your water fasting. The statement that you get cravings on a water fast is only half correct!!

    I have you beat by 6 days in the water fast, and many have us both beat water fasting up to 90 days and beyond.

    I can tell you that after 4 or 5 days, I ceased to experience food cravings!! However, for the first 4 or 5 days I worked through them just as you did.

  19. Rhonda D says:

    Fasting in general is great if you are sick like the flu or have a cold. That’s when I generally go on a fast.

    Most of the Doctor’s that have done research on this matter have always been trying to heal cases of cancer or some other illness. Those are extreme cases and by all means listen to your body.

    Best of health to all

  20. Kristine says:

    I did a once a week juice fast for 5 consecutive weeks and each one was followed by a colonic. I am quite slim and very active, so I didn’t want to do a deeper fast without medical supervision. This was helpful for my digestive track which is very sensitive and reactive.

  21. Ineke says:

    Hippocrates institute recommends fasting once a week i.e.(green) juice during the day and in the evening a green soup. My husband has been doing that for quite a while and he wants to get back into it. Yes, I have fasted as well; a couple of times the master cleanse (4 days and 8 days) and also a couple of one day juice fasts. I experienced a lot of benefits after finishing. You need the right “mind set” though otherwise you will not stick with it. In her book “detox for women” Natalia Rose recommends juicing until noon as one of her protocols. BTW, she is someone I would like to hear on your show. Could you PLEASE interview her? She has a very common sense approach to the raw food especially for women.

  22. Almamater says:

    For the person who was having trouble with the “little circle” and your videos pausing:

    It is your internet speed, as Kevin said. Allow the video to download by pressing the pause button. (Do something else for a few minutes!) You will see a lighter red line showing how much of the video has downloaded. Once more of the lighter red line is showing, you can begin watching.

    Gee, Kevin, you could have clued her in! Someone had to teach you stuff, remember?

  23. I’ve done water fasts, and the master cleanser and now do cleansing qaurterly with stevia in my water and also coconut water.

    You can read more about my 42 day coconut water cleanse that I did in December 2009 on my blog
    I give a day-by-day account of my experiences. Click on the archive for December to read it from the beginning.

    I like to give my body a break by taking time off from eating because it allows the body to heal

    Chef Mindy aka Ageless Raw Beauty

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  25. andy says:

    I spoke w/ a guy who lives in SE Asia and he sells organic coconuts. He went into a plant that dips the coconut three times in different vats of chemicals to, 1) bleach, 2) to prevent shell rot 3) I forget #3. The workers all wear rubber coats and rubber gloves. They put the young coconut in a metal basket at the end of a long pole in order to dip. I no longer eat baby Thai coconuts that are not organic. I can`t say all coconuts get this treatment,but it`s not worth the risk.

  26. Cindy says:

    Have you heard of or done any research into Brad Pilon’s ‘Eat, Stop, Eat’ program. I haven’t read the book but I do subscribe to him and he says that a fast once or twice a week gives your digestion a rest & resets your hormones. Any thoughts?

  27. Veronica says:

    I try juice fast one day a week. As others mentioned, I listen to my body, sometimes don’t fast that week, if I am really hungry.

    I especially like to fast when I am sick, or have cravings, or have eaten cooked foods.

    Kevin, I differ from you, in that I like to fast to get rid of cravings. Just one day water fasting, takes care of my cravings. It is amazing. The more I fast whether with just water with with juice, I find that it gets easier each time, and now I have such an amazing energy.

    I especially enjoy water fasting when I know I can spend most of the day in prayer. Thank you Rachel Ngai for that great websit on spiritual fasting.


  28. Sara R says:

    I have juice fasted once per week consistently in the past and in the present I do it as I see fit to do so- if my digestion got impaired or I’ve been eating not so good for or before a colonic to help the process be more efficient. If you do juice fast once per day I encourage you to aid the process by doing an enema in the evening following your day of fasting so toxins can be effectively removed.

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