The leading experts all say that coconut oil has been known as one of the most powerful foods when it comes to raising cholesterol levels. Now, it’s not entirely black and white how raising cholesterol correlates to healthiness. We have to consider HDL Cholesterol in the mix to figure out how we can eat foods that are going to balance our diet. We mostly are concerned with lowing our LDL levels because a high level of these make us unhealthy.
- Coconut oil can significantly raise cholesterol levels within hours of consumption. In fact, a significant increase in blood cholesterol was found within hours of eating a slice of cake.
- Coconut oil elevated cholesterol about 14 percent over the control, which was consistent with seven other interventional trials published to date in a 2016 review.
- People who live their whole lives with high HDL levels don’t appear to have a lower risk of heart attack, and if you give people a drug that increases their HDL, it doesn’t help.
“In fact, HDL levels “are among the most consistent and robust predictors of CVD [cardiovascular disease] risk.” Ah, but there are two types of risk factors: causal and non-causal. Association does not mean causation—that is, just because two things are tightly linked, it doesn’t mean one causes the other.”