Table 4: Effects of sunflower oil and cocoa butter, alone or in combination, on serum lipid levels in rats.

ParametersControl 
( : 12)
Sunflower oil 
( : 12)
Cocoa butter 
( : 11)
Sunflower oil + cocoa butter 
( : 12)
P value

Triglyceride (mg/dL)49.17 ± 3.60a35.83 ± 2.69b32.91 ± 3.37b40.67 ± 2.61ab0.003
Total Cholesterol (mg/dL)97.83 ± 4.6990.58 ± 4.6798.64 ± 5.58104.67 ± 4.91NS
HDL cholesterol (mg/dL)62.59 ± 3.0461.82 ± 3.0966.45 ± 3.3170.80 ± 3.31NS
LDL cholesterol (mg/dL)25.42 ± 2.2121.58 ± 1.5625.73 ± 2.2525.75 ± 2.13NS
VLDL Cholesterol (mg/dL)9.83 ± 0.69a7.08 ± 0.56b6.54 ± 0.69b8.08 ± 0.53ab0.003

Mean values within the same row with different superscripts letter a,b are significantly different. NS: Not significant and : number of animals.