Nutrition

Woman aiming to prove we can live without food

Naveena Shine

The 65-year-old, originally from Britain, has been consuming just water and "one, maybe two cups of tea a day" since May 3. Other people have previously claimed to be able to survive without food and water, although no one has ever proven it to be possible and some have died attempting it.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 8:53am

Chinese government watchdogs issue tips on detecting fake food following scandals

Chinese government watchdogs issue tips on detecting fake food following scandals

After a string of food scandals over the years, the media and government quality watchdogs are offering mainlanders a host of hints about how to detect dodgy comestibles.

2 Jun 2013 - 12:01pm 1 comment

Hunger games: getting fussy toddlers to eat

Annabel Karmel prepares a recipe from Quick and Easy Toddler Recipes.

Toddlers can be picky eaters, but a visiting author says a lack of variety in their meals will only make them more fussy, writes Tessa Chan

28 May 2013 - 11:13am

Alternatively speaking: Give your spleen a spring clean

A range of herbs is recommended for treating the spleen. Photo: David Wong

Traditional Chinese medicine holds that emotional stress wreaks havoc on our health by affecting the flow of chi (energy) and blood in the abdomen.

27 May 2013 - 11:05am

Healthy gourmet: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver (left, centre) launched the Food Revolution. Photo: David Loftus

I am a chef and I am in love with food: it has the power to make us healthy and happy. But it also has potential to make us fat.

14 May 2013 - 12:06pm

Focus on pregnancy weight gain a bit heavy handed

Focus on pregnancy weight gain a bit heavy handed

It was a depressing morning. At an antenatal check-up I was told, not once, but twice, that I was fat.

14 May 2013 - 12:00pm 1 comment

Fast food nutrition levels in US 'unchanged in 14 years'

A pedestrian walks past a Burger King restaurant near downtown Los Angeles. Photo: AP

Fast food restaurants in the US have failed to raise the nutritional value of their dishes in 14 years, despite pledges to offer healthy choices, researchers say. The global obesity crisis and rising levels of chronic diseases such as diabetes and strokes have put pressure on fast food chains to cut the salt, fat and sugar content of what they sell.

9 May 2013 - 3:34am

Fish oil and pregnancy

Fish oil and pregnancy

An estimated 5 per cent of babies born in Hong Kong are underweight, according to Health Department statistics from 2011, and thus face a greater risk of disease, significant disabilities or even death.

6 May 2013 - 10:45am

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

Lab report

A small (138 grams) plain, unpeeled baked potato provides 738mg of potassium and 128 calories.

Potassium is often overlooked in diets even though its intake is linked with lower blood pressure in adults.

30 Apr 2013 - 10:16am

Better nutrition to combat stunting

Stunted growth in the first months of a child's life means permanent stunted development of the brain and cognitive capacity. Photo: Unicef

Stunting, a little-reported, recognised or understood human tragedy, blights the lives of some 165 million children worldwide.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Lab report

Researchers have taken a step forward in the fight against the cancer with the mapping of the cellular "fountain of youth": the enzyme telomerase.

Children of parents with low and medium education levels eat fewer vegetables and fruit, and more processed products and sweet drinks, according to a study.

1 Apr 2013 - 10:07am

Letters to the Editor, March 14, 2013

Calcium is very important for young children. Photo: AP

I would not be in favour of land on which underused sports facilities, yacht clubs and camp sites are located being turned into sites for new flats.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am

Book review: The End of Diabetes

Book review: The End of Diabetes

In a city where food can be found in nearly every street and at every corner, it's obvious that many Hongkongers live to eat. Dr Joel Fuhrman wants you to do the opposite: eat to live.

26 Feb 2013 - 9:21am

Book review: Eat to lose, eat to win

Book review: Eat to lose, eat to win

How many calories does a Portobello vegan tempeh burger with mayo and pesto sauce, and a side of kale salad dressed in peanut sauce, have?

18 Feb 2013 - 4:31pm

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