I use Muscle Milk fairly regularly, since it comes in a wide assortment of flavors and it actually tastes good. It derives about 40% of its calories from fat, a good deal of it saturated fat in the form of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Nearly all the fat in the product is from vegetable sources (sunflower, canola and safflower oils, and MCTs). Muscle Milk only contains 5mg of cholesterol per serving
. Since cholesterol is a steroid alcohol
that only occurs in animal tissue, this amount shouldn't surprise anyone.
Some people are phobic when it comes to saturated fats, but MCTs don't behave like most of them
. Coconut oil is almost all MCTs, so you would expect consuming it would cause heart disease. But in fact, the reverse is true. Coconuts are the staff of life in parts of South Asia and the South Pacific. People in Polynesia eating traditional diets, for example, consume up to 40% of their daily calories in coconut oil yet have a low incidence of heart disease. (Since switching to a Western diet, the incidence of obesity and heart problems have gone way up among Polynesians.) Besides the calories, there are health benefits to coconut oil as well. It's no coincidence that when humans colonized Polynesia eons ago, they brought the coconut with them.
More on the benefits of coconut oil here
Still, your blood lipid profile has might have changed for the worse. There's always the possibility of test error, and multiple tests might give a more accurate score (and your medical insurance provider fits!). If indeed the only change that you've made between readings is using Muscle Milk, you might want to skip it and see if your numbers change for the better. If it does, it could be an idiosyncratic response to the product by you, or (shudder) the product doesn't contain what it has on the label. I'm hoping that it isn;t the latter, since, as I said before, I really like the product
BTW John Parrillo
, a bodybuilding trainer of some note, is really into using MCTs as part of his training regimen.