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i think i know the answer to this but i'd like to check anyway. our new training material at work on cholesterol said that people with cholesterol problems should avoid eating cashew nuts and coconuts as they are rich in saturated fat which raises LDL cholestorol levels in the blood. i was suprised to read this. i'm almost certain that eating coconuts and cashew nuts will NOT adversely affect cholestrol levels as the type of saturated fat is medium chain which acts very differently in the body to the saturated fats found in animal sources. please could i have some input to confirm that i am right. cheers,

Cashew nuts are actually high in monosats. Good for the heart.

"Real coconut" does have sat fat, but in studies it does not have a deleterious effect on LDL, in part due to several unique fatty acids in the coconut . One of the main researchers in this area is Mary Enig, Ph.D., and she has written a few books. If you look her up at the library or whatever, you will get research-study based facts.

However, there are HYDROGENATED coconut oils that ARE bad for LDL. These are commonly used in commercial popcorn machines (like at the movie theater) -- used to be used in baked goods but fell out of favor.

Best wishes.
[QUOTE=Natalie00]All nuts are good for the heart!!! If you read the fat content on the back of can of mixed nuts, there are 14 grams of fat and like 11 of those are grams of healthy fat, and only 2.5 grams of saturated fat.

I have also heard that coconut is bad for cholesterol but I don't know why??? The package says is has very little cholesterol in it, and only like 2-3 grams of saturated fat. Eating a half a bag of the stuff probably isn't good...

Is saturated fat really the fat that is bad for your cholesterol, or is it trans fat???[/QUOTE]

ANIMAL saturated fat and trans fats are both bad for cholesterol. i'm glad elmhar confirmed my suspisions. coconut aint bad for cholestrorol at all. it contains MEDIUM CHAIN saturated fattty acids which don't affect LDL levels in the same way ANIMAL fats do. cashew nuts are higher in saturated fat than other nuts but there monounsaturated fat content is still 75% and the saturated fat content, as with coconuts, acts very differently to animal fats, thus not affecting LDL levels. the same incidently can be said for the fat in chocolate. the main bulk of the saturated fat is in the form of stearic acid which is converted by the liver to oleic acid, a heart friendly monounsaturated acid. this is why i have no problem with including 70% cocoa choc in my duet as an occasional treat, and i get all the benefit of the anti-oxidants of the cocoa. i won't eat it too often though as its still got refined sugar in it, which isn't great in excess, and in large levels can raise LDL levels! it all a question of moderation and balance.


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