It seems that coconut oil does not raise your cholesterol. My friend who has been taking a tablespoon per day just did some blood work. The only change he made to his diet was adding the oil, his exercise routine is the same. Number-wise, his cholesterol was down 10 points, his HDL was up, his LDL down and the triglycerides the same. He does occasionally take a day or two off from the oil. He reports a surge in energy when he does take the oil and lately has been adding it to his coffee. Yes, this would not pass the standards of a double-blind test. However, for a easy jumpstart, I think trying a daily dosage of virgin cold-pressed coconut oil is worth experimenting with.