42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 20, off to S.F., Grape Seed Oil results

/////42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 20, off to S.F., Grape Seed Oil results

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 20, off to S.F., Grape Seed Oil results

I’m heading off to San Francisco in a few hours. Rather than worry about how to transport my shakes, I’m just going to do time-restricted feeding (“intermittent fasting”) by drinking all my meals this morning and afternoon, then I’ll eat again after I get home tomorrow. I had to bring everything I need with me to work, including an umbrella. Fun fact: I’ve been to San Francisco almost 10 times now, I’ve never been rained on (misted on, yes, but no rain) looking at the forecast, this might break that streak.

This morning I got back my blood tests from the week of doing Grape Seed Oil. Feel free to head over to the spreadsheet of results and check them out. Grapeseed oil is on Column O.

Let’s see… my LDL-P came way down (1242 to 849) – into the “normal” range thanks to the PUFAs, my LDL-C also came down (116 to 72) – again into the “normal” range. My triglycerides did indeed go up, though nowhere even close to the result I got with avocado oil in November: that one went from 113 to 199, this new test with grape seed oil went from 104 to 117. I guess we’ll see what happens with the subsequent tests with Saturated and MUFA: will the triglycerides go down or not?! While you’re on the spreadsheet, you can pop over to the other tabs and see the ongoing results coming in from the n=3 experiment that’s also going on. Both females have had really stable triglyceride levels, regardless of heavy cream or avocado oil. Makes me wonder if the 199 was a freak aberration (yes I was fasting at least 12 hours before the test).

So what else does the blood test show? On PUFAs my cortisol increased dramatically (9.8 to 12.7) and my fasting insulin predictably went down to 2.4. That’s actually the lowest I’ve ever gotten, 2.7 was the level when I did Avocado Oil. Oddly, my CRP (which along with cortisol is a marker for inflammation) was slightly up but still far lower compared to what I was getting in November.

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About the Author:

Chris Bair is a technology and computer geek. He became involved in the nutritionally complete "future foods" movement in January 2014, originally with a conventional recipe and later switching to a high fat, low carb "ketogenic" variant on October 2014. In January 2015 he created the recipe for Keto Chow and released it without restriction for anyone to use, at the same time he began mixing the recipe up for people that wanted a finished product and has seen steady growth in the business every month since. Chris has lived in Utah for most of his life, except for a few years living in Chile where he learned Castillian. Chris and his wife have two sets of twins with a couple singltons thrown in for good measure.


  1. Johnny January 24, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Huh. So if I have genetically high LDL, I should switch from avocado oil to grapeseed oil?

    • Chris January 24, 2018 at 11:58 am - Reply

      Absolutely not. High LDL isn’t a problem and you shouldn’t be taking in lots of PUFAs or statins just to lower it artificially.

      • Johnny January 24, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

        Thank you! My only concern is annual bloodwork for my company and an annual physical. In the former, I don’t know if it affects my health insurance premiums, but it might. In the latter, every doctor is just always so concerned about my LDL…

        • Chris January 24, 2018 at 12:16 pm - Reply

          If that’s the issue then I would recommend gaming the system: do the Feldman protocol, probably just the second half where you consume 5000-6000 calories of mostly fat for 3 days before the test.

          • Johnny January 24, 2018 at 12:38 pm - Reply

            Great idea! I might do that for this year’s annual test. I don’t know for sure if they take it into account for my health insurance $ but they very well might. Thank you!

  2. Amine January 29, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

    With these results, would you recommend Avocado Oil as a substitute still or would sticking to all HWC be better? Currently my wife and I use 15g of Avocado Oil and Heavy cream together.

    • Chris January 29, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Can’t really say until the experiment is over in a few more weeks. Personally I like doing a mix of HWC and avocado oil.

      • Amine January 31, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

        This is what I have been doing as well. 1 TBS of Avocado Oil and 1 TBS of HWC.

        • Chris January 31, 2018 at 11:41 am - Reply

          It seems to be a good middle ground (and taste!)

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