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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.

Tuesday, 8 November, 2011, 12:00am

Health bites

Fast track to immunity

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

The facts about fats

What fat is

Fat is a nutrient provided by the foods we eat. There are different types of fat: saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and trans fats.

Why we need it

20 Jul 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

Should there be a tax on fatty foods?

Elaine Yu Yee-nee, 15, Creative Secondary School

Fat is essential for human growth. It helps moderate body temperature and store energy. We can divide fats into two types: 'good' and 'bad' fats.

2 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Sweet truth about chocolate

Chak-kong asks: Is chocolate good for you?

Wynnie says: Some of us dream about it, many of us eat too much of it, a few even claim to be addicted to it. Chocolate is a favourite food for many people, but is it something we should avoid?

18 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Some bread and butter basics

Emma asks: If we eat bread with a topping every day, is butter or margarine a better choice?

Wynnie says: The butter-versus-margarine debate has been going on for years. In terms of calories and total fat, both butter and margarine contain about 35 calories and four grams of fat per teaspoon. The major difference between them is the type of fats they contain.

28 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Fish diet helps reduce osteoporosis risk, study finds

A higher intake of ocean fish greatly lowers the risk of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, a Chinese University study has found. The fish have high levels of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, which increase bone density. Suzanne Ho Chan Sut-ying, a professor, suggested eating 100 grams daily, but not large fish due to their high mercury levels.

21 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Borage oil

Borage seed oil is derived from the seeds of the Borago officinalis (borage). It is used medicinally as an anti-inflammatory and for treating arthritis, as well as certain skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis and eczema.

31 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

The fat balancing act

This week Desiree Mok, 14

Desiree asks: How many kinds of fats are there and what do they do?

Wynnie says: Fat plays an important part in our health. As well as providing fuel in the form of calories, essential fatty acids that the body can't make are needed to help carry fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, K and E) into the bloodstream.

7 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Long-distance call

Growing up on a farm in Guangdong, Kang Jingxuan, 46, never dreamed he would one day study nutrition at Harvard Medical School and become a pioneer in cardiovascular health and the use of omega-3 fatty acids.

20 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Tsang disappointed at Legco's rejection of food-label exemptions

The chief executive said yesterday he regretted lawmakers' veto of the government's proposed exemptions to food-labelling legislation last week.

Speaking in Shanghai, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok had done his best to persuade legislators to support the measures in Wednesday's vote.

1 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Good fats, bad fats: here's the skinny on trans fats

This week Pierre Adrien Lu, 14

Pierre Adrien asks: What are trans fats and how do they affect us?

Wynnie says: Unsaturated fats which are found in heart-friendly oils such as corn, olive and canola can go 'bad' (rancid) by absorbing oxygen from the air.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

What you eat affects your mood

With a bit of planning, the food you choose can keep you happy as well as healthy

Do you eat more 'comfort' foods when you're feeling down? If so, you're not alone, according to research from Cornell University in the US.

12 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Why are trans fats bad?

This week Justina Lee, 16 years old

Justina asks:

There's been a lot of talk about trans fats. What harm do they do to our bodies? What foods contain trans fats?

Wynnie says:

4 Nov 2007 - 12:00am