Q. I believe Archway Coconut Macaroons help my IBS [irritable bowel syndrome], but as a diabetic I don’t want the sugar. Do you know why they help? In other words, could I just eat unsweetened coconut? I called Archway Cookies and they said they don’t know why their coconut macaroons work.
A. We think it’s the coconut. We encourage you to try unsweetened coconut flakes. Many readers report this works as well as coconut macaroon cookies to quell diarrhea.
Here’s one testimonial:
“Coconut controls my son’s ulcerative colitis. I sprinkle roughly one tablespoon of coconut flakes on his yogurt in the morning and give him an individual Mounds bar for dessert at lunch.”
Another reader wrote:
“I found out about coconut from you all at least 15 years ago. I always kept the Archway macaroons on hand. When they couldn’t be found, I switched to unsweetened coconut from the health food store; just a small dish of it worked. On trips, Mounds bars along with Pepto Bismol would save the day. Terry and Joe, you have really made life better for me with many, many healthier ways of dealing with problems than drugs whose side effects are an anathema to me.”
Based on this person’s experience along with that of others, we suggest you give the unsweetened coconut flakes a try.