Effects of Dietary Coconut Oil on Erucic Acid Rich Rapeseed Oil-induced Changes of Blood Serum Lipids in Rats
Md. Hafizur Rahman,
Md. Nazibur Rahman.
The present study investigates the effect of consumption of coconut oil (CO) mixed with erucic acid rich rapeseeds
which induced a significant change of blood serum lipids in rats. After 6 weeks of feeding to Wistar rats, body
weight gain, food efficiency ratio (FER) and serum lipid profile such as Total cholesterol (TC), Triglyceride (TG), High
density lipoprotein (HDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL) were determined. Rapeseed reduced the body weight and
FER whereas TC, TG, and LDL were increased. But coconut oil causes significant increase in body weight gain, FER and
decreased serum TC, TG and LDL activities. In addition, the mixture of both oil supplements decreased body weight gain,
FER and serum TC, TG and LDL activities, the results demonstrated the effects of coconut oil in lowering lipids levels in
serum and it also protects the toxic effect of rapeseed.
Keywords: Coconut, rapeseed, serum lipids.
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