A lot of you have been asking me for my thoughts on this article the American Heart Association has put out (since I’m basically the coconut oil queen)
It is important to know that LDL and HDL aren’t “cholesterol” but they are just lipoproteins, which means they are proteins that simply carry cholesterol.
It is also important to know that there are different types of LDL – small dense LDL and large fluffy LDL.
The large fluffy LDL do not contribute to heart disease, and they play a critical role in the body – carrying cholesterol so your body can manufacture specific hormones like cortisol, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
The reason the small dense LDL particles can contribute to heart disease is because they are more likely to lodge themselves in arterial walls, contributing to plaque in the arteries.
Guess what? Consuming healthy saturated fats like coconut oil can actually raise HDL and can change small dense LDL to large fluffy LDL.
What actually triggers an increase of the small dense LDL? Synthetic trans fats, refined sugar and carbohydrates.
The fact that the article is promoting processed vegetable oils which are high in omega 6 fatty acids (which the standard American diet already consumes too much of) as a healthier alternative is actually mind boggling, mainly due to the fact that an imbalance of omega 3 to 6 ratio is actually one of the main contributors to coronary heart disease.
Of course, with anything – moderation is key.