Calcium intake sorely lacking in Hongkongers

It's much healthier to focus on a pure or concentrated source of calcium, such as milk.

Hongkongers are sorely lacking calcium in their diet, according to a recent poll of more than 1,300 people. The average intake of the vital mineral is only 574mg, a far cry from the recommended 1,000mg, found the street survey conducted in May by milk powder brand Anlene.

Monday, 1 July, 2013, 11:25am 2 comments

Benefits of vitamin D should be crystal clear

Children walk among hexagonal rocks in Sai Kung. Photo: May Tse

Hexagonal structures are not rare in nature. For instance, the crystals in our bones and teeth, the apatites, are hexagonal. These apatite crystals contain calcium. The main fraction of calcium of our body is located in bones. Calcium comes from our food, and for its optimal absorption from intestines we need vitamin D.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am 1 comment

HK families use too many vitamins, experts say

The use of vitamins in Hong Kong may not have reached the alarming levels described in an American health study - which says they are increasing the risk of death in elderly women - but their use is still excessive, especially as the pills are of little real value, local health experts say.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Investing in bone health

Wing-kei asks: Which foods are rich in calcium and good for bone growth?

Wynnie says: Bone is a living tissue, which means it's continuously being remodelled - that is, old bones are broken down and replaced by new ones.

The formation of bone and replacement of old bone tissue takes place throughout life.

30 May 2010 - 12:00am

Exercise for strong bones

A calcium-rich diet is good for bones, but a new study has found that regular workouts can be just as useful

Warming up before regular PE lessons can improve bone health in teenagers, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

30 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Consumers lose if industry can discredit food labelling scheme

The industry campaign opposing food-labelling amendments that offered much-needed public protection shows why these changes are needed.

19 May 2008 - 12:00am

Milk sales record 'healthy' increase

Sales of milk surged in Hong Kong last year - despite the fact most adults have difficulty digesting it - on the back of aggressive marketing promoting its health benefits.

Other items promoted as healthy, which made it on to a list compiled by research firm ACNielsen of the Top 10 sales growth products, included breakfast cereal and chewing gum.

16 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Poison gas scare

More than 1,900 plastic bottles containing calcium hypochloride were removed by fire officers from the Manfield Industrial Centre, Hong Yip Street, Yuen Long, after a toxic gas leak was discovered.

13 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Hip operations put pressure on hospitals

THE number of hip breakages among elderly people has risen fivefold in the past 10 years - and 40 per cent of the patients die within the 12 months after the operation.

While the numbers for each age group in Hong Kong are lower than among Western people, they are catching up rapidly, orthopaedics specialists say.

14 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Big rise seen in hip fractures

MORE desk jobs, less exercise and one of the world's lowest average calcium intakes have led to a dramatic increase in hip fractures during the past 25 years, according to a Chinese University study.

In 1991 there were 12 hip fractures per 1,000 men aged over 80, and 20 per 1,000 women, almost triple 1960s figures.

18 Apr 1994 - 12:00am

Children's diets

THE Chinese race has multiplied over the centuries without a diet based on dairy products. But in both Hong Kong and China, calcium-rich milk is now being portrayed as important for growth and for strong bones and teeth.

13 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Calcium helps elderly

WHEN it comes to preventing brittle bones in the elderly, a little calcium may be good but more may be better, according to a University of Auckland (New Zealand) study.

The new research has found that the calcium equivalent of five cups of skim milk a day - 1,500 milligrams - can significantly reduce the bone deterioration of osteoporosis.

29 Jun 1993 - 12:00am