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Michelle, I believe you've got that backwards. Virtually every study I've ever read states that coconut oil lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol.

I think people are being frightened into worrying about cholesterol and saturated fats and it is more for profit and not your health.

The current Government food guides in my opinion are based on economics and cost. I have been following a paleo diet for the last 6 months and have never felt better. My blood lipid profile has improved as has my energy and my weight has dropped. This may be anecdotal evidence but people like Dr Bowden, Prof. Lorain Cordain, Robb Wolf, Nora Gedgaudas all stand by there research and it makes very compelling reading.

Unfortunately, if Dr Bowden is asserting that Pacific Islanders have low rates of obesity related disease, the evidence does not back this up. Studies among Hawaiian and Samoan Pacific Islanders indicate that they have among the highest prevalence of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the world.

There is also published research that coconut oil can cause an immediate increase in LDL, (bad), cholesterol after ingestion.

I have not read Dr Bowden's book so can't comment further without knowing what research he relies on but until more solid research is available, I would proceed with caution with this saturated fat. For now, the evidence in support of olive oil as part of a mediterranean type diet is much more compelling.

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