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Very High Triglycerides and high cholesterol on raw vegan high carb diet

Hey guys,

PS: Attaching my test results.

I have been on a raw vegan diet since June, 2014. I had gotten my blood tests done last year and everything was good except I was low on Vit D3. I started taking Vit D3 supplement (I was already taking Vit B12 supplements). I got my blood tests done again and everything else is normal BUT I am VERY HIGH on fasting triglycerides and my cholesterol is high!

I am confused. I workout 6x a week and I eat fruits and veggies, a ton of dates. I used to take omega3 and multivitamin supplements earlier that I stopped later thinking I shouldn't need them. Googling tells me I am eating too many carbs (which I do, I eat a ton of dates too) or too much fat (which I don't), or not enough omegas. 

Regarding fats, I am quitting nuts and seeds in favor of avocados as its easier on the digestion. Does that mean I should definitely supplement for omegas?

Anyone else experienced the same issue? What should I do?!! 


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Sounds very convincing but I have to go by my observations. I was consuming 20-25 gms of soaked nuts every day and my cholesterol is messed up. I have a "fatty liver". 

I have to go by my experience, and not any impressive or convincing paper. Maybe their research focused on benefits for obese people. 

" I don't want to become low in fat and then go on a binge. I want to get into a habit that I can maintain."

- A "handful" of fresh nuts combined with a handful of fresh dates makes me not crave or bing on other less healthy (junk) foods, while high on juicy fruits. In the end it is about burning up the excess sugar for it to not be stored as fat.

Not sure if avocado is a better option / substitute for fresh nuts, as nuts contain more healthy stuff.

Avocado are supposedly healthier as they are a fruit and have water content too. I have read that they are a super food, much much easier to digest than nuts and also help in absorption of other nutrients from the food you eat it with.

Im just got my first blood test done today after 2 years of raw till 4, praying i dont get the same result!!

here check this out

if mine are high I will be going the mcdougal route fully


Hey Billy.. I hope all your test results come out great. Regarding triglycerides, I am not sure if they are bad or if moving to starches will be a better way. Starches are harder to digest than fruits and veggies. I am sticking to raw vegan, just stopped eating all nuts and instead I eat around one avocado a day. Will get tests done again in a few months.

I think that is a good idea. Please post the results. We would love to know how that would influence your blood profile.

Sure thing!

Here's an interesting university journal that may help you, especially considering that lemon juice goes well with avocados (I love avocado rolls)


I got my blood tests done again and my cholesterol is perfectly normal now.

All I did was replace nuts and seeds with avocados, roughly 5 avocados a week. Some chia seeds in my smoothie once or twice a week and once in a while, coconut meat blended with coconut water as a special treat.

My triglycerides are still in the slightly high range. But I have happy my cholesterol numbers look good.

Are you sure that they measured cholesterol? From what I know, they separate lipoproteins based on density by centrifuge or gel electrophoresis. Why the call lipoproteins cholesterol is anybody's guess. They can carry cholesterol, but they are NOT cholesterol and shouldn't be called cholesterol. They should be called lipoproteins because that is what they are. Look it up.

You don't eat cholesterol, so any cholesterol that you have is produced by your body. It is the precursor for every steroid hormone in your body: vitamin D, cortisol, testosterone, ect.. You need it.

The triglycerides are simply fat. Would be best to eliminate all dietary sources. 



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