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I have very a high cholesterol level. Should I be using coconut oil? If not what do you recommend?

Commented on April 15, 2014
Created April 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I have very a high cholesterol level. Should I be using coconut oil? If not what do you recommend?

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on April 15, 2014
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There are many reasons to avoid canola oil. See www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-canola-oil for example

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on April 15, 2014
at 07:45 PM

We can't really respond unless we know what "very high cholesterol" means in your case?

First, there is a difference of opinion as to what is "high" for total and then all of the basic cholesterol components--HDL, LDL-C (and LDL-P which is not commonly measured), VLDL, and Triglycerides. And differences about whether a particular high number is good or bad. For example, I have what would be considered "high cholesterol" but part of the reason my total cholesterol number is high is that my HDL number is 100 which is considered a good thing, not a bad thing. If my HDL was only 50, then I would not have such a high total cholesterol, but my health would be worse off.

Secondly, what may be far more important than any one particular number is the ratios between the numbers--especially Total Cholesterol to HDL (the ratio should be well below 4). Triglycerides is also thought to be an important marker--the lower the better.

So then the question is whether coconut oil is better or worse for you. I use a lot of coconut oil and feel it is responsible for my very high HDL and great ratios, but if your ratios are not so good, then experimenting by leaning toward fewer saturated fats may be worthwhile. Keep in mind that in reducing saturated fat you should not replace them with inflammatory seed and nut oils. Use good monounsaturates like olive oil and avocado oil and Omega 3's like eating plenty of fatty fish, pastured eggs and meat. Avoid cooking at high temperatures with monounsaturates as they will break down and oxidize.

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on April 15, 2014
at 11:55 AM

Olive, canola, and sesame oils consists of Monosaturated Fats instead of coconut oil.

Monosaturated Fats are found to be beneficial by preventing clogged arthritis which blocks flow of blood to the heart and brain.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on April 15, 2014
at 07:50 PM

There are many reasons to avoid canola oil. See www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-canola-oil for example

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on April 14, 2014
at 12:11 AM

Get yourself checked for familiar hyperchoestemia. Also, get a VAP test or another higher quality test that will tell you what kind of cholesterol and what its particle count is.

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on April 13, 2014
at 06:06 AM

Depends on what you are using it for. What is your level of Cholesterol, along with all the other important data? If you want to fry something in a pan you can generally use so little coconut oil that it would be insignificant.

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on April 13, 2014
at 12:07 AM

Olive oil.

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on April 12, 2014
at 08:02 PM

I think Chris Masterjohn went through all the peer reviewed studies about this and all the studies show there was no advantage of PUFA oils as far as the cholesterol levels are concerned.

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