CoconutOil.com is managed by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy. Unlike many people who write about coconut oil by simply reading about it, Marianita Shilhavy actually grew up on a coconut plantation in the Philippines and in a culture that consumed significant amounts of coconut fat in their diet. She later went on to earn her B.S. degree in nutrition and worked as a nutritionist in the Philippines for several years. Brian Shilhavy also lived in the Philippines for several years with Marianita and their 3 children observing firsthand the differences between the diet and health of the younger generation and those of Marianita’s parents’ generation still consuming a traditional diet. This led to years of studying Philippine nutrition and dietary patterns first hand while living in a rural farming community in the Philippines. They are authors of the best-selling book: Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours!
CoconutOil.com contains all the original research that the Shilhavy’s published on the Internet in the year 2000, originally at Coconut-Info.com. This website started the Coconut Oil Revolution in America. The Shilhavys started a business in the Philippines making Virgin Coconut Oil using the traditional method, the same method used by her parent’s generation. The knowledge to produce this traditional method of producing hand-crafted Virgin Coconut Oil was within one generation of passing away in the Philippines, as the younger generation was content to purchase the refined coconut oils found in the stores. The Shilhavys were the first ones to export Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines to the U.S. market in 2001, and in 2002 they started their US company Tropical Traditions.
In 2004 the Shilhavys published their book highlighting the research on coconut oil as well as over 100 of the thousands of testimonials they had acquired from being the first ones in the US market to sell a dietary Virgin Coconut Oil. While others were beginning to publish books about coconut oil about this time as well, the Shilhavys were the only ones who actually lived in the Philippines developing the product, and then had direct communication with thousands of people testifying to the health benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil in their diet. The Shilhavys put many of these testimonies on a new website, CoconutDiet.com in 2004. The Internet discussion group that they sponsored had many thousands of participants by this time, and it was also moved to this domain, as the Coconut Diet Forums. The archives of the forums still exist today, documenting the Coconut Oil Revolution from 2000 up until the present time, with over 17,000 discussions and close to 100,000 participants.
In 2005 the domain name CoconutOil.com was purchased and the body of research at Coconut-Info.com was transferred over to this domain. CoconutOil.com remains the most comprehensive website on the Internet covering the health benefits of coconut oil, bringing you the latest news and research.