*Disclaimer as usual: I am not a dietitian, nor health certified anything. I am a retired health enthusiast checking stuff that interests me and sharing my personal opinion here, no need to get excited or influenced. do your own research, don’t believe anything anyone tells you, and that includes this post and any other post I write.

So last week I embarked on the important mission of trying to discover who /what is responsible for the wretched rise in my cholesterol levels, a rise that in my humble opinion, should not have occurred, seeing as I am vegan, thus do not consume meat-eggs- poultry- dairy, specifically to the point-butter or fat cheese-which are super-yummy-(I do have my memories people, can’t take those away, I loved eating all of the above. If only they came from vegetables)- but also high in fat percentage.

Last week I came up with suspect no 1: if you are interested in the results- here is the link: About that coconut oil.

But- as any good detective- and even the lousy ones- will tell you- concentrating on the immediate and usual suspect will get nowhere- just watch Kevin Spacy walk out of the police station when a few minutes later the detectives understand who the real Keiser Suze is. (I am not a film lover but this is a good movie if you haven’t seen it- check it out).

So- I tried to check whether my diet changed over the past year- and the truth was- yes. it did.

I incorporated a lot of vegan cheese and vegan butter because I couldn’t watch my family members devouring my homemade pizza (they are not vegans- that is an under-statement-they consume quite a lot of meat-poultry-fish -eggs on a daily basis). I felt deprived, and any diet depriving person for more than a day- is in my opinion doomed.

So I made a habit of buying vegan “mozzarella cheese”, containing -100 grams- 23 grams of fat- 21 of them saturated fat, and vegan butter- containing 100 grams- 75 (!) grams of fat, 26 of them saturated fat. these vegan butter and cheeses are many (many) times made of coconut oil plus all kinds of additives, and they are considered to be a fairly good replacement for people who- for all kinds of reasons- abstain from eating dairy.

Personally-I haven’t yet found a replacement similar to the original. plus they are much more expensive. which is a shame. but this is my personal opinion- many disagree-and I live and let live.

Oh- and to complete the walk of shame- I baked a lot of vegan cakes-using at least half a cup of coconut oil in each cake. that’s what the recipes required!

The thing is- since turning vegan almost 9 years ago, I adopted this mindset of: “oh I can eat just about anything I want because I am vegannnnnnnnnnnn!!!”

Well- turns out that’s not quite true.

I suspect the abundance of coconut oil-based butter, cheeses, and cakes, had its way with me and resulted in the rise (thus fall) of my blood tests.

The reason I am writing this is this following article I found (Harvard-good enough for me), that stated that coconut oil is correlated to a rise in cholesterol, thus should not be considered heart-friendly- and should be limited in a diet. here is the link to the article:

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/coconut-oil/

If anyone is thinking: “what’s the problem then- eat moderately! you can eat anything in small portions! “-I already told you -no way. if I like something- I don’t “portion control” it. I just eat it. 

So now I have 2 primary suspects- my menopause, and my vegan cheese and butter passion. 

Only one of the 2 can be eliminated. 

So I am weaning myself off those vegan “mozzarella” grilled sandwiches, I stopped baking vegan cakes, and I will do my blood tests next year and see if there is any difference. 

(In an immature place in my head hope there’s no difference, so I can go back to my grilled “cheese” sandwiches and tell myself “that’s life, babe. can’t stay young forever!”). 

What do I eat instead? 

Well- homemade hummus is a hit here, and tahini, avocado, and tofu. I have a great trick for great hummus. I’ll write about it next time. 

here is the link to what I eat instead of vegan cakes:  

Why I stopped baking vegan cakes.

All of these are great, but I am telling you I am learning to restrain myself, and it isn’t easy. 

The cooliflower. 

am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog, therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and at your own responsibility

Published by wiseassvegan

an organized full time working vegan -with plenty of ideas on getting everything done in the most simple and efficient way possible.

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