I've heard that coconut oil contains just as much LDL causing saturated fat as it's medium chain fatty acids. What does this mean for cholesterol levels and how much should you really eat in conjunction with other fats?
Anyone have some actual figure or personal experiences?
asked bymike_60 (30)
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on November 04, 2012
at 02:31 PM
You have much to learn, young one. I'll try to explain the important bits.
1) LDL is not your enemy. VLDL is your enemy, and VLDL is caused by sugar consumption. Coconut oil contains almost entirely saturated fat. Saturated fats are known to raise serum LDL levels, but not VLDL levels. Even more importantly, saturated fats such as coconut oil will raise HDL and they will also only raise LDL in the form of large bouyant LDLs. These large bouyant LDLs are NOT a precursor to Heart Disease and are, in fact, perfectly fine and normal.
2) Medium chain fatty acids and saturated fats are not mutually exclusive. Chain length is just that: How long the carbon chain of the fatty acid is. Saturation is how many of those carbons are bonded with a hydrogen atom. Coconut oil is high in lauric acid which is a medium chain fatty acid and is also a saturated fat because all 12 carbons are bonded with hydrogen.
3) EAT COCONUT OIL WITH A SPOON