1-"Average plasma cholesterol was twice as high in the coconut oil/cholesterol-fed rabbits than in olive oil/cholesterol-fed rabbits."
2-"Aortic cholesterol increased in proportion to plasma cholesterol concentrations ."
Increased total cholesterol is MEANINGLESS. Your argument was that small, dense LDL was increased. The article you cite does not say that. It says "plasma cholesterol", which I would take to mean total cholesterol. Total cholesterol may be increased because HDL increased--that's a good thing, very desireable. And the little bit you quoted doesn't say how the numbers were calculated, in any case. The most common method (Freidenwald equation) of counting LDL particles becomes inaccurate (skews too high) when triglycerides fall below 100. That little exerpt gives NO information to determine what they are really talking about, and how it was measured.
Finally, rabbits are herbivores, and most of their fats come from polyunsaturates. Their metabolisms may not be equipped to handle saturated fats. Ours are.
If I pasted that link was because the mere fact of cholesterol playing a definitive role in atherosclerosis was in doubt in this thread. Example:
LDL-C is not a a good predictor of atherosclerosis.
Eating saturated fat raises your HDL. And changes the size of LDL particles to the benign large ones.
You will find links to support my statement in my recent threads on this forum. Search for them. Study them - it may have a big impact on your health.
The article also mentions that "cholesterol that deposits in blood vessels is twice as high in coconut oil than in olive oil."
Actually, if you don't go beyond LDL or HDL type, the quote is far enough as an argument. And not poor.
If you don't like the study with rabbits, go to the rhesus monkeys one instead which is the second link I suggested.
Anyway, saying that studies in small animals (herbivores or not) are useless to investigate in humans, is not true.
That position tells that hundreds of thousands of studies in animals are useless to study the human being. It is putting into question scientific method. But you talk about herbivores: In particular that study is published in atherosclerosis journal
, and what you are saying is that people who elaborate the journal is interested in what happens to those rabbits. Otherwise, they would have never allowed to publish that useless study for humans.
What I am saying is known from decades ago
: role of LDL- cholesterol in artherosclerosis, high rate of LDL in coconut oil, etc. And I just went to the first links that appeared in GOOGLE ACADEMICS due it was so obvious for me.
Again, any proved therapy for any disease should go under elaborated tests, under scientific method. Then it is published in a scientific journal. An then published worldwide. That is how medicine works as I understand medicine.
If anyone thinks medicine may be other things, it's his/her choice. Thanks.
Please excuse my limited English.