archway coconut macaroon cookies

We rarely know the source of home remedies, but we have tracked one carefully. The late Donald Agar wrote to us from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1998 to report a serendipitous discovery. He had found that eating two Archway Coconut Macaroon Cookies daily relieved his chronic diarrhea. We have since heard from many other people who have tried this remedy and found it helpful.

Coconut Macaroons to Stop Diarrhea:

Q. After gallbladder removal in 2014, I started having bouts of bad diarrhea leading to nausea and dehydration and then to hospital. I could no longer go to meetings or even shop safely.

Then I remembered reading about the stories from this column and decided to try the coconut cookies. Two Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies a day plus a cup of ginger tea solved most of the problem.

I no longer miss meetings or have to stay at home all the time. It is not a perfect cure, but it does work well for me and I am grateful to know about it.

A. We first heard about Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies for hard-to-treat diarrhea almost 20 years ago. We suspect that it is the coconut that is working this magic.

Is There Science to Support Coconut Macaroons for Diarrhea?

A research report presented at the Digestive Disease Week Conference in June, 2017, supported the role of coconut oil and cocoa butter against intestinal inflammation. [We wrote about it here.]

In the study, mice got either standard lab chow or high-fat chow laced with coconut oil and cocoa butter. Mice that were fed the high-fat chow had better bacterial ecology in their GI tracts and less inflammation. They had less variety of microbes in their intestines, however, which might not be beneficial over the long term.

Not everyone benefits as much as you do. That said, some patients with Crohn’s disease have had remarkable success with this simple approach. If you are interested in other home remedies of this nature, you may wish to read The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies.

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  1. Cecilia

    Why has Archway quit making them? I keep asking grocery stores and no one knows anything.

  2. Linda
    Winston Salem, NC

    I thought that Archway stopped making these cookies several years ago. Am I wrong in thinking that?

  3. Peggy R

    Cannot locate archway coconut macroons. Will regular coconut macroons from bakery do. Saw on Web Walmart had them but have been to several stores in my city and can find archway products but not coconut macroons. Guess everyone may have purchased them all!

    • Shirley

      I couldn’t find them in Walmart but ordered them from Amazon. Try them for many of these home remedy products. Amazon has everything,

  4. Peggy R

    Regarding eating coconut macroons. Do they have to be Archway brand because I can’t locate them. However, I can find coconut macroons.

  5. lmc
    Houston, Texas

    I am interested in following your apple cider vinegar diet to lose weight.
    Will you please e-mail it to me or inform me how I can obtain it. Also, if I can purchase the apple cider from you please let me know the cost, etc.

    I am also interested in purchasing the cherry juice for bad arthritis and painful sciatic nerve pain that I have on both of my thighs.

    I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, arthritis, neuropathy and I am constantly in pain. Please help me!

    I read your newspaper articles every single day and I read the information you list on the e-mails.

    A neurologist put me on Gabapentin,300 mgs.twice daily. I have read the side effects and am not to happy with such. I also take Flexeril for spasmps.

    Will appreciate your response.

    Respectfully yours,


    • Terry Graedon

      Apple cider vinegar and cherry juice are both available from your local supermarket. We don’t sell them (nor do we sell any drugs), and we don’t have an apple cider vinegar weight loss diet. But we wish you luck!

    • Martha
      Longview Texas

      Could a person eat coconut from a bag for same results ?

  6. Peggi H.

    After reading this in an earlier newsletter, I had my son try it. He has had diarrhea every day for a couple of years excepting a semester’s bout of constipation at college last year. So I bought him some Trader Joe’s macaroons. They worked on day 1 of the trial and have worked everyday for a month. His stools are soft but with no diarrhea and no constipation. Placebo? Well just yesterday he told me he forgot to eat one 2 days in a row and his diarrhea came back on the second day. A daily macaroon is one “pill” he now remembers to take!

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