DOES COCONUT OIL INCREASE CHOLESTEROL?
Hydrogenated coconut oil can increase cholesterol. Therefore look for non-hydrogenated coconut oil with no transfat. There is no cholesterol in coconut oil itself, and with non-hydrogenated coconut oil, most people will see little difference or will see an improvement in their HDL (“good”) and a decrease in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Some see an increase in total cholesterol, usually as a result of an increase in HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
By Mary T. Newport, MD
The American Heart Association released a report Thursday recommending against using coconut oil for cooking, saying that coconut oil increased "bad" (LDL) cholesterol in seven out of seven controlled trials.