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Cooking Oils

Greasy does it

Greasy does it

For decades, we've been told by dietitians, doctors and public health authorities to avoid saturated fats such as butter or lard in favour of unsaturated vegetable oils like safflower and soya bean.

Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 12:11pm

Two more cooking oils contain carcinogenic Benzopyrene

More cooking oil samples have been found to contain cancer-causing substances. Photo: AFP

Two more cooking oil samples have been found to contain a cancer-causing substance at levels higher than the European Union or mainland limit.

The findings come a week after four out of 39 oil samples tested by the Centre for Food Safety were found to have levels of the carcinogenic Benzopyrene exceeding the EU's standard.

28 Dec 2012 - 5:21am


Marks & Spencer Portuguese Sardines in Olive Oil

120 grams for HK$23, Marks & Spencer

These sardines were caught in the northeast Atlantic Ocean and are certified sustainable seafood. Thick and chunky, there are three pieces in each tin, without skins.

Verdict: a tad overcooked, fishy, and too many bones and scales.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Virgin coconut oil

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

HK$150 for 500ml,

Unlike the olive oil world, which draws a distinction in quality between 'extra virgin' and 'virgin', there's no such standard with coconut oil. What's important, though, is that this is cold-pressed and unrefined, meaning it hasn't been chemically processed.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Nuts and faults

Call it the Swiss Army knife of the plant kingdom. The coconut is a good source of calories and potable fluid, has fibre that can be spun into rope, and a hard shell that fuels fires. The whole nut can even act as a floatation device.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Thousands of tonnes of illicit oil seized

Police seized more than 3,000 tonnes of illegally manufactured cooking oil last month in raids on 13 underground workshops and licensed factories on the mainland.

More than 100 suspects involved in the national production and distribution network were arrested.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Top court allows death penalty in 'gutter oil' cases

The Supreme People's Court says it is ready to hand down death sentences to serious offenders in 'gutter oil' cases in a bid to crack down on the rampant use of recycled cooking oil by restaurants and food processors.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Let's get the fats straight

If you're shunning all kinds of oils for fear of getting fat, here's something you should know: the amount of oil and fat you eat isn't linked with disease. What matters is the type you eat.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Consider recycling fats

We all know that cooking with too much oil and grease is not good for our bodies, but we may not realise that improper disposal of fats is also bad for the environment.

Instead of tossing oil down the drain or in the rubbish bin, which can cause damage to the sewage system and harm wildlife, you might consider recycling waste oil.

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Ban to curb 'gutter oil' operators

Shanghai has ordered restaurants to sell used cooking oil only to 'regulated teams' in a bid to stamp out 'gutter oil' - reprocessed oil linked to health risks.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Bid to create standards for waste cooking oil

The central government has launched a national research project to create safety standards to identify 'gutter oil' or waste cooking oil.

The authorities have completed a draft plan to unify food-safety laboratories' technical methods and evaluation benchmarks when dealing with samples believed to contain such oil.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

32 detained in raids on kitchen oil network

Police have detained 32 people for reprocessing and selling tonnes of used cooking oil, the Ministry of Public Security said yesterday, in the latest food scandal to hit the mainland.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Correct diet protects against potential illness

To avoid cardiovascular disease later in life, eating correctly is the best prevention. Cutting down on or even eliminating saturated fat from your diet is an obvious start, but mealtimes need not be boring.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A passionate project for mixing and blending provincial tastes

In the 35 years since founding body and face care brand L'Occitane en Provence, Olivier Baussan has been a tireless champion of all things provencale. His latest passion project is a collection of artisanal olive oils and related foods cultivated from his beloved region.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Oiling the wheels on the bandwagon of improbable surveys

Stop the presses! This is front-page material. The Hong Kong Edible Oils Association - the city seems to have trade groups for the most unlikely subjects - has issued a health warning after releasing a survey on the deadly habits of people cooking at home. Horror of horrors: an alarming number of people reuse their cooking oil.

6 Feb 2010 - 12:00am