Food Energy

Fine print on nutrition too fine to read

Hong Kong shoppers may need magnifying glasses to read the tiny print on nutrition labels on prepackaged food, according to a consumer watchdog which has found tags can be as small as a 10 cent coin.

Thursday, 16 February, 2012, 12:00am

Recipes for success prove informative and fun

Cook This, Not That! 350-Calorie Meals US$4.99 Rating 7/10

This is the latest release in a series of books, apps and quizzes spun off from the 2007 restaurant food guide created by a team of Men's Health editors.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

High-fibre foods and water help fill you up

Kobe asks: What foods are filling, but low in calories?

Wynnie says: Energy density is the amount of calories or energy in a particular weight of food.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Calories explained

What is a calorie?

A calorie is a measure of the energy in the food you eat. We all need energy to stay alive, and we get it from food. Your body 'burns' this fuel to make the energy you need.

Why do we need calories?

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

New-style snacks offer an easy way to get your fruit and veg

Greenday Broccoli Chips HK$23, 30 gram box, from VOle'.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Eat Right

Fare It's Saturday morning, the edges aren't as sharp as they should be after Friday night's farewell to the week, and a good SoHo breakfast is on the mind. In this instance, 'good' pertaining to general well-being and seizing the day as opposed to calorific greasy goodness, and thereafter back to the sofa with an armful of DVDs or, alternatively, onward to the pub.

23 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Power to you

It's probably safe to say that people aren't consuming energy bars because they're delicious - they tend to be rather dry, although they make a good occasional snack with a cold glass of milk (without melamine, please!).

30 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Label law may be sticking point for health food

Low-fat. Zero trans-fat. Organic. Sugar-free. High-fibre. Cholesterol-free. They're all good for you, but many foods labelled that way could vanish from shop shelves in Hong Kong if proposed new rules come into force.

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

The source of energy

This week Nathasha Rajput Kashyap, 16

Nathasha asks: What are calories?

Wynnie says: Our body needs energy to stay alive, grow, keep warm and be active. We get that energy or fuel from what we eat and drink.

The energy we get from food is measured in either kilojoules or Calories. One Calorie is equivalent to 4.186 kilojoules.

13 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Meal replacement will help you to get back into shape

Help is at hand for people who need to lose weight after the Christmas party binge. Isopure Low Carb is a meal replacement that is said to be ideal for people who do not want to curb their carbohydrate intake but want to reduce their body fat.

29 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Do you know what you're eating?

Whenever I am in the United States, I go shopping at a Chinese grocery store. All the familiar Hong Kong brands of instant noodles, chilli sauce and soy drink are there, just like at home. There is one difference, however. In America, all these products have detailed nutrition labelling. It is quite an eye-opener.

27 May 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

While fruits contain more simple carbohydrates, they are still a healthy choice because they provide fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

8 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Not so over the moon about cake calories

If you're on a diet and celebrating the mid-autumn festival this week by tucking into a moon cake, have your pedometer at the ready: it's going to take you 2.4 hours - or 16,000 steps - to work off the calories.

27 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Fit for anything

Getting fit tops most New Year's resolution lists, but two weeks into it and most of us have already given up. So the question is, how can you get fit without getting bored?

The key to getting fit is getting active. It doesn't matter so much what you do, so long as you do something, anything, other than sit in front of the TV or play computer games.

11 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Exercise myths

The amount of information regarding our health and fitness is astounding. While most of these sources are reputable, some have created exercise myths and misconceptions about the role and value physical activity plays in our lives. The following are some of the more common myths as well as explanations as to why they aren't true.

Women who lift weights will become too muscular

17 Feb 2003 - 12:00am