Recently, coconut oil started to show up in the shopping list of many people because of the health benefits claimed on top of the weight loss promises. But its use in the kitchen goes beyond diets. With a mild coconut flavor, it can be used to replace cooking oil in the preparation of sweet and savory recipes such as stews, soup, cakes, and salad dressing, instead of olive oil. Extracted from ripe coconuts, the oil does not need to be subjected to chemical or high temperatures during processing, which results in a product high in antioxidants, indicated in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, to slow down aging and to improve blood circulation.