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Coconut oil - cholesterol and triglycerides


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Hi,

I've always had high cholesterol/triglycerides and have tried to stay away from saturated fats.  I've read that coconut oil, while high in saturated fat, is GOOD for you.  But is it good for someone who already has a problem with triglycerides and cholesterol?

I've made an appt with an LDN, to get a better perspective on my overall eating habbits.  But, if anyone here has information (particularly LDN's and nutritionists) please let me know.

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Have you tried eating a low carbohydrate diet? I've seen a lot of information that suggests that eliminating carbs helps lower triglycerides and cholesterol.  Some research suggests that what we 'know' about cholesterol/triglycerides may be wrong.

I'm not really into "diets"   I am not over weight, nor have I ever had a weight problem.  I try to keep most of my fats poly or mono unsaturated, but would like to add coconut oil into my diet if it would not adversely affect me.

The word 'diet' doesn't inherently mean to try to lose weight. It means what you eat - like my dog eats a diet of kibble and milk bones.

Lots of people eat low carb diets who aren't trying to lose weight because of the many positive effects.

Information from a forum like this should not be a substitute for professional medical advice but I'm with Sybil on this one.  Current research indicates that blood cholesterol levels are impacted by carbohydrates not fats, saturated or otherwise.

I'm sorry.  I didn't mean to imply that diet was a weight-loss program.  I understand it simply means what a person eats.

What I meant to say is I don't keep track of what I eat.  I eat whatever I want in the quantities I want, but I generally try to eat healthier items.

My cholesterol is simply naturally high.  I'd like to add coconut oil, and have read some good info on the subj.  but, the information speaks in generalities.

tr- thank you for the advice.  I made an appt with a nutritionist (but it's three weeks out).  Regardless, whatever I eat in those three weeks isn't going to kill me.  =] 

Thanks all.

Have you tried adding cinnamon to your diet?  My mom tells me that it's worked wonders with her cholesterol.

Sometimes I throw a bit of cinnemon on my cereal, but not regularly.  I should probably start.  Thanks for the tip.

Sorry to butt in, but does this new research indicate that saturated fats are actually good for you? I thought the only reason sat fats were considered harmful to one`s health is the increase in cholesterol levels.. I`d appreciate any links/articles on the matter, if anyone could provide them. Thanks. :)

Try this or this.  Or Google for lots of others.

Original Post by gpat919:

My cholesterol is simply naturally high. 

How do you know it's naturally high? and not high because of your diet? 

Original Post by ily51:

Sorry to butt in, but does this new research indicate that saturated fats are actually good for you? I thought the only reason sat fats were considered harmful to one`s health is the increase in cholesterol levels.. I`d appreciate any links/articles on the matter, if anyone could provide them. Thanks. :)

This isn't actually new research, just becoming more mainstream recently. The link to heart disease was cholesterol in the good ol' days and it was LDL that everyone focused on as the culprit....and of course saturated fat increased LDL, sometimes. Now we know that within these lipoproteins there are different sizes and it's the small dense particles within LDL and HDL that are the more inflammatory type.........and saturated fat actually increases the amount of large particles and reduces the small type, which is a very good thing. Saturated fat also decreases C- reactive protein in the body as well as triglycerides when it replaces carboydrates in the diet........basically it's the amount of inflammation in the body that is the problem, not cholesterol. Cholesterol is only trying to repair the damage the inflammation causes. The biggest contributor to inflammation is of course sugar aka carboydrates. Of course omega balance is of extreme importance and is the yardstick, and if people would track that more often and be aware, that would also lower inflammation in the body greatly.

 

Anyway to add about coconut oil. Most of the fat in coconut oil is what's called a medium chain trigyceride and called lauric acid. It only has 12 atoms which makes it a medium chain and because of this the fat is actually getting broken down with your saliva and stomach acid and doesn't need any enzymes. Also the reason why mothers milk is full of lauric acid because babies have a very under developed system and won't have a lot of desaturase enzymes. So basically they don't need to be bundled into lipoproteins and travel in the blood so they can be processed further, but rather travels right through the mitochondria membrane and is used for instant energy. Basically they provide instant thermogenesis and will never be stored as fat. They act like a carbohydrate for all intense and purposes.........of course big agri have lobbied coconut oil since the beginning..........they wanted nothing to replace their highly processed polyunsaturated vegetable oil crops, because as we all know polyunsaturated fats are good fats and saturated fat is a bad fat. [insert sarcastic emoticon].

Walnuts are also supposed to be beneficial for cholesterol.

Yes, walnuts are supposed to be good for cholestorol levels, but as with anything else too much of a good thing is not so good.  Too bad, cause I really like my red wine.  :)

There is A LOT of information with regards to the benefits of coconut oil (and other saturated fats) out there.  The question is: do you believe them?  At one time it made sense that margerine is a healthy alternative to butter.  Coconutoil.com has a lot of information, and some people will say, they're lobbying for you to use coconut oil.  But, other sources I've found seem to say the exact same thing, so I tend to believe this is valid information.

However, they only speak in generalities..  They don't speak about how much people who already have high cholesterol can safely consume.  "safely" isn't the word I should use.  Maybe the preferred dosage is more appropriate.

Thank you, neanderthin.  That was an exceptionally helpful response.  I very much appreciate the information.

 

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