Coconut Oil and the Boost in HDL “Good” Cholesterol


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  • Caldwell Esselstyn, cardiologist says: NO OIL. It's a big change for a lot of people but there are plenty of perfectly fine foods edible, delicious and fully satiating without oil. Oil is one of the few reasons vegans even have heart attacks. I haven't eaten a drop of isolated oil for 14 weeks. There is oil in most vegetables.

  • I used to watch Dr Greger and followed almost everything he said. I avoided oils and fried my veggies with water. I even stopped using olive oil. I ate mostly raw. Till i found out about the keto diet and started watching some of the doctors who promote the keto diet.

    So, for the past month i've been using the keto diet. I started using butter, coconut oil, cheese, i eat eggs, meat sometimes, and i avoid high carb foods and anything with sugar. I eat much less fruits now. What a difference! I never felt so great in my life. No more brain fog, no need for afternoon naps, i'm always full of energy and feeling great, not to mention that my body and my mind feel like their breathing. In fact, i don't need as much sleep as before. My girlfriend who is a vegan also started doing the keto (no meat for her though) and she too feels the difference.

    I now have a different opinion about Dr Greger. He's ignoring other facts.

  • It would be interesting to see how many of these research articles presented control for genomic variability (for example, some with severe seizures benefit from a high fat ketogenic diet or some with Metabolic Syndrome benefit from a high fat low carb diet). Any subset of a population continuum may become statistically irrelevant with statistical averaging if looking at a "normal distribution." . Controlling for Population variability would make the research much tighter and more real world realistic. Simply said, "Your mileage may vary!"

  • Keep it up Dr Greger, those uncomfortable facts gained by thorough research are what we as adults need to hear, and also the good news about delicious whole food. No science is final, it's ongoing discoveries are what we bravely need to face. As a very unscientific aside, isn't it fascinating how the structure of foods themselves often reveals the amount we need of them e.g.coconuts are very high up in trees, with a very hard shell, and the mature whole coconut meat is very very chewy indeed, so a human would use a lot of effort and energy obtaining the amount of coconut fat that many people currently use on a daily basis. So if I was listening to nature I'd say it was suggesting that coconut meat is a rare treat.

  • Thanks doctor. Stopped eating coconut oil 5 years ago (actually all types of oils) and I am still alive and well today with cholesterol at 114mg/dl…. How remarkable that I am not dead…. we need oils?? We do not.

  • What do you mean, next? Don't leave me on a cliff-hanger like that. I bet Greger has patient come in to his office and he's like,"Well, you cancer screening is in AND, I'll let you know on your next visit.

  • What's the difference between you and Dr Ancel Keys? None, both picking and choosing based on what they want to show people, no real science , to date there is no single conclusive study can show the relationship between cholesterol and heart disease.

  • Can you please make a video on MOLD MYCOTOXINS in high moldy foods including beans, peanuts, corn, dried fruits, apple cider vinegar, coffee? They cause inflammation and disrupt the immune system. I want to eat more beans for the potassium and cholesterol lowering benefits but they are on the top of the list for moldy foods. I am wanting to know if the mold can be washed off of beans. Thank you.

  • A study saying that cholesterol increases when eating coconut milk with an egg means absolutely nothing to the true affects of coconut milk on cholesterol! I seriously question your thought process when science proves eggs increases cholesterol on their own. Very misleading Dr. Greogor!!!!!

  • So true! My husband and I thought coconut oil was great until we saw the increases in our ldl and hdl cholesterol levels. We cut out the coconut oil and now our total cholesterol on a wfpb diet is less than 150!!

  • Doesn't niacin lower cardio vascular disease risk?

    I have a minor dispute with your point about niacin while citing the study "Niacin and HDL cholesterol — Time To Face Facts" ( While it stands that the study supports the main topic of the video that using drugs to increase HDL or adding HDL to your diet does not decrease the rate of cardiovascular disease (CVD) I want to bring to your attention to a sub point. The study you are using to illustrate this idea may lead some viewers to falsely assume that niacin does not reduce incidences of CVD.

    Niacin appears to have substantial evidence that it does indeed lower CVD risks. The paper you cite at the end uses niacin in combination with an anti-flushing agent which may mitigate the positive effects of niacin. In this meta-analysis it states "In primary analysis, niacin significantly reduced major coronary events (relative odds reduction = 25%, 95% CI 13, 35), stroke (26%, 95% CI = 8, 41) and any cardiovascular events (27%, 95% CI = 15, 37). "

    Those are some pretty impressive numbers to just sweep under the rug.

    This indicates that niacin may be manipulating the causative lever that exercise and diet is also pulling. This would mean that the improved levels of HDL and LDL are actually reflective of improved health, rather than being artificially bumped up. While the combination of the anti-flushing drug and niacin are just manipulating HDL alone. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on what you think this lever is? Improved human growth hormone for instance is another interesting parameter that niacin improves.

    I know you are using the "Niacin and HDL cholesterol — Time To Face Facts" study to illustrate a different point but I wanted to point out this sub topic about niacin. If the conclusions of the niacin meta-analysis I've referenced are in dispute, I would love to see some studies with apposing views. Thank you.

  • Seriously; how can you say high cholesterol is main cause of heart disease? The real cause is triglycerides / HDL ratio. Meaning its all about sugar metabolism. 75% of cholesterol is created by your own body, 25% only from diet.

  • with all due respect to dr greger, this meta-analysis from 2010 is more conclusive evidence that saturated fats in themselves DO NOT contribute to cardiovascular disease. (A meta-analysis which pooled data from 21 studies and included nearly 348,000 adults, found no difference in the risks of heart disease and stroke between people with the lowest and highest intakes of saturated fat.)

  • you idiots. coconut oil has been out of the American diet for almost fifty years like you said,and Americans have the highest Heart Attack rates in the world . so where the point.

  • Almost everything is contradicting with that we are told and what this channel says. Now I think is that the moderation is the key and still we all are gonna die.

  • I ate alot of coconut oil thinking that it was good, until my heart attack. After 2 months just eating whole plant based food my LDL dropped from 4.7 to I.2. Yes I eliminated coconut oil and any other oils.

  • Fuck coconut oil. This is why. My cholesterol panel was pretty dang good. Cholesterol 168. HDL and LDL in good ranges. All I changed in my diet was eating popcorn popped in a tablespoon of coconut oil every day. New cholesterol number was 236.

    Again, fuck coconut oil.

  • Daft and antiquated! C'mon, this is 2018. Yes coconut oil will increase your LDL, but what does it do to your triglycerides? What does it do to your VLDL? Don't get fixated on LDL, think particle size of LDL. For the records, coconut oil decreases triglycerides, and VLDL and increases HDL. Your LDL might increase, but you are getting the big, fluffy LDL particles which is at worst neutral for heart health. Surprised people are buying what you're spewing here.

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