Healthy Fat – an oxymoron?? (video)

Have you ever second guessed yourself?

I mean, you find yourself doing something that you’ve always done but you start thinking “I wonder if this is a good thing to do?”

When it comes to fat, this seems to come up a lot.  Can I cook with olive oil? Is butter good or bad? Should I be cutting down on my fat or not?  What kind of coconut oil should I buy?

So I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone here (with apologies to the birds).  I am going to answer some of the common questions I get about fat and I’m going use this to ease my way into video blogging by doing it through a short video!

Now, I haven’t been able to bring myself to get in front of a camera yet, so this one is in the form of a presentation (video’s coming… stay tuned!).  But I really hope it will answer your questions about what kinds of fat you should include in your child’s diet (and yours too!).

Find it below.  And please feel free to use the comment box to ask questions!  That’s what I’m here for….


  • Samantha Mussells

    Reply Reply December 17, 2012

    What a great video! Thanks Jess.

  • Sarah S.

    Reply Reply December 18, 2012

    Wonderful video! I’m going to go make some guacomole for my kids right now! Next video, please speak a little louder. Thanks!

    • Jess

      Reply Reply December 18, 2012

      Great! try drizzling a little walnut oil in the guac for a bit of an omega 3 boost.

  • Cynthia

    Reply Reply December 18, 2012

    Hi Jess, Great instructional video – I am particularly interested in learning about coconut oil – I have it in the fridge thanks to Brendan but keep forgetting to use it!
    Also – I love to bake and often use Canola and/or grape seed oil in combo with unsalted butter (organic when possible.) But perhaps I should rethink this. Next video, I hope to see your smiling face!!


    • Jess

      Reply Reply December 18, 2012

      Get out the coconut oil! It’s great for baking and I would suggest it as a better fat than canola and grapeseed. I often combine it with butter so you still get that buttery texture. Sometimes 100% coconut oil in baked goods can be a bit dry. Depends on the recipe. As I said in the video I’m concerned about the quality of the extracted vegetable oils and canola, even if it’s organic, has likely been cross contaminated with the GMO canola that is so prevalent. You don’t have to keep coconut oil in the fridge. Maybe if you keep it on the counter for a while you’ll remember to use it more.

  • Laura Gifford

    Reply Reply December 18, 2012

    Great Video Jess! So We should be eating the cod liver AND the whole fish oil??

    • Jess

      Reply Reply January 26, 2013

      I give my kids both – the fermented cod liver oil as well as some fish oil. Cod liver oil tends to be higher in EPA than DHA and the fish oil balances this out.

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