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Can adding coconut oil to your diet raise your LDL ?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: The short answer is

"yes"... but. Coconut oil, a saturated fat, raises your LDL, but it also raises your good cholesterol/HDL.
It also seems to have a favorable effect on triglycerides and reduces the plaque-causing small LDL cholesterol particles, and may lower insulin levels. So it is not a pure "black and white" situation. Eaten in moderation, coconut oil can be a good, safe saturated fat to include in your diet

In brief: The short answer is

"yes"... but. Coconut oil, a saturated fat, raises your LDL, but it also raises your good cholesterol/HDL.
It also seems to have a favorable effect on triglycerides and reduces the plaque-causing small LDL cholesterol particles, and may lower insulin levels. So it is not a pure "black and white" situation. Eaten in moderation, coconut oil can be a good, safe saturated fat to include in your diet
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