• By Micah Dorfner

For Health’s Sake, Quit Smoking…Your Oils

February 23, 2015

LA CROSSE, WI. – Most of us know that cooking with oils is healthier than cooking with butter or margarine. However, it isn’t as commonly known that oils can actually lose their nutritional value at certain temperatures. Not only can oils lose some of their ability to lower your risk of heart disease, but Romi Londre, a Mayo Clinic Health System dietitian, says they can also have an unpleasant taste if they get too hot.cooking oil being poured from a glass bottle into a pan

"Every type of oil has a certain temperature at which it will start to break down and lose some of its healthy properties," says Londre. "That temperature is called the smoke point because it's the temperature at which the oil will smoke and start producing toxic fumes and harmful free radicals."

“It's important be aware of the smoke points of oils so you can choose the right oil for the job," Londre adds. “Some oils are better suited for higher temperatures. A good rule of thumb is that the more refined the oil, the higher the smoke point.”

When cooking at high temperatures, stir-frying or roasting, Londre says it’s best to use corn, soybean, peanut, sesame and or vegetable oils because they have high smoke points. “Olive, canola and grape seed oils are great choices for cooking with medium-high heat, such as sauteing,” she says. “Flax seed and walnut oils have low smoking points, so it may be a healthier choice to use them in salad dressings, dips or marinades.”

Reducing the amount of saturated fats and trans fats from your diet, such as from butter, margarine, lard and shortening, may help decrease total blood cholesterol levels, as well as low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is known as bad cholesterol. This will help you prevent your risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Some people get enough oil in the foods they eat, such as from fish and nuts. For a chart of the amount of oils in common foods, visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/oils-counts.pdf.

That is unfortunate from a patient perspective. A lot of kids (and adults) enjoy this game, and I'm sure our patients are among them. The Pokémon Go community has actually encouraged players to find ways to let patients get Pokémon (by dropping lures in visitor waiting rooms or public lobbies, so to say) in hospital areas so patients who aren't able to be mobile can continue to play and enjoy the game. It's also unfortunate that people lack common sense to not go to areas to play where they shouldn't be going. It's one thing if it's a patient, it's another thing if it's a random individual who is walking around trying to go to all of the stops. As far as I'm aware, there are many locations downtown in general offering 'stops' (I saw a sign at the public library, for instance). Hopefully we can find a balance so our patients can enjoy the game and that our patients (and staff) also have the privacy they deserve.

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The only issue I have with all of these stops being removed is that there was one accessible for the Peds patients that are stuck in the hospital that may like playing. And the ones that were outside the facility were removed as well. I mean I used this as an excuse to go for a walk on my dinner breaks, but now I won't.

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I am happy this was done. The last thing we need as a Mayo Campus in whole is to have a HIPPA or safety issues coming out from a childs game. People should be able to get up and go for a walk no matter what – not just due to a game.

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Perhaps some of our technologically gifted minds at Mayo Clinic could develop some sort of app/scavenger hunt game for the Peds patients, so they don't feel left out…? We have superheroes hanging outside the windows of the hospital, we must have a few superheroes in the technology areas that can put on a cape for the children.

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@amberkocak

The only issue I have with all of these stops being removed is that there was one accessible for the Peds patients that are stuck in the hospital that may like playing. And the ones that were outside the facility were removed as well. I mean I used this as an excuse to go for a walk on my dinner breaks, but now I won't.

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To each their own. I would bet that playing this game has brought more people out side and getting more activity than just thinking about going outside. There have been a number of examples of uplifting news regarding the game and its role in bringing happiness to young patients as well as us older kids. Be respectful of what a property owner wants no matter playing Go or enjoying a Mysitc walk outside.

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Pokémon Go gives me so much joy. Here's a link of how Pokémon Go is being used in hospitals to help patients: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cs-mott-childrens-hospital-pokemon-go_us_578e4a3de4b0a0ae97c382cb

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I can understand not wanting Pokestops inside any Mayo buildings but I fail to see why the ones outside would be removed. How are they any different than the statues or artwork that are put on campus for people to enjoy while walking around? I suspect this has more to do with Mayo not wanting employees playing Pokémon Go during work hours than any safety or privacy concerns. Its too bad the fun has been ruined for those of us that have been playing on breaks or before/after work. I've been in a friendly competition with my daughter and have walked 28.94 km since the app launched.

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@jane

Perhaps some of our technologically gifted minds at Mayo Clinic could develop some sort of app/scavenger hunt game for the Peds patients, so they don't feel left out…? We have superheroes hanging outside the windows of the hospital, we must have a few superheroes in the technology areas that can put on a cape for the children.

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This is a fantastic idea! I know that internet connectivity is an issue for patients and visitors. So a game developed by Mayo staff (vendors) might be able to create something for children that can work well with the visitor internet (mayoguest).

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Mayo Clinic, lets be more progressive and flexible. There are times where – yes, security concerns are warranted for certain things but this is such an excellent way for kids (and even adults)to get off the couch, walking around and connecting with other people. You wouldn't believe how many people have met a new friend through this application.

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@traceyolson

I can understand not wanting Pokestops inside any Mayo buildings but I fail to see why the ones outside would be removed. How are they any different than the statues or artwork that are put on campus for people to enjoy while walking around? I suspect this has more to do with Mayo not wanting employees playing Pokémon Go during work hours than any safety or privacy concerns. Its too bad the fun has been ruined for those of us that have been playing on breaks or before/after work. I've been in a friendly competition with my daughter and have walked 28.94 km since the app launched.

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Here in Rochester there are still lots of outdoor Pokestops. The boy with the dolphin, the statues of Will, Charlie, WW and Mother Alfred, the rainbow glass outside Gonda, the Heritage Dome in the plaza… I know the biggest one they wanted removed was the stop at the antique ambulance inside the Mayo Lobby, as it wasn't accessible from outside the building. I totally get that it's fun for peds patients (or other hospital patients) to be able to play too, but I also totally get that Mayo doesn't want people who are not active patients or family members to be just wandering through the campus buildings at will, or attempting to access the building after hours.

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@traceyolson

I can understand not wanting Pokestops inside any Mayo buildings but I fail to see why the ones outside would be removed. How are they any different than the statues or artwork that are put on campus for people to enjoy while walking around? I suspect this has more to do with Mayo not wanting employees playing Pokémon Go during work hours than any safety or privacy concerns. Its too bad the fun has been ruined for those of us that have been playing on breaks or before/after work. I've been in a friendly competition with my daughter and have walked 28.94 km since the app launched.

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Mayo Clinic requested that all Pokestops inside Mayo buildings to be removed. Pokestops that are located outside patient buildings or in public areas were not requested for removal and should still be active in the game.

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@traceyolson

I can understand not wanting Pokestops inside any Mayo buildings but I fail to see why the ones outside would be removed. How are they any different than the statues or artwork that are put on campus for people to enjoy while walking around? I suspect this has more to do with Mayo not wanting employees playing Pokémon Go during work hours than any safety or privacy concerns. Its too bad the fun has been ruined for those of us that have been playing on breaks or before/after work. I've been in a friendly competition with my daughter and have walked 28.94 km since the app launched.

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Hopefully the ones outside stay. Instead of going straight to my car after work I have been spending about 45 minutes to an hour walking around looking for Pokémon I don't have. Its a fun (although admittedly nerdy) way to get exercise.

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@traceyolson

I can understand not wanting Pokestops inside any Mayo buildings but I fail to see why the ones outside would be removed. How are they any different than the statues or artwork that are put on campus for people to enjoy while walking around? I suspect this has more to do with Mayo not wanting employees playing Pokémon Go during work hours than any safety or privacy concerns. Its too bad the fun has been ruined for those of us that have been playing on breaks or before/after work. I've been in a friendly competition with my daughter and have walked 28.94 km since the app launched.

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I'm glad to hear that!

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People weren't even needing to go into buildings, you could access the stops from outside or even across the street. If people were paying attention they would have seen they didn't have to come inside.

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@jane

Perhaps some of our technologically gifted minds at Mayo Clinic could develop some sort of app/scavenger hunt game for the Peds patients, so they don't feel left out…? We have superheroes hanging outside the windows of the hospital, we must have a few superheroes in the technology areas that can put on a cape for the children.

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Any type of game for the peds would be great. Even a type of scavenger hunt. It can still get them moving an active and engaged!

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