Health bites

Would you like some food with that salt?

Having strong bones in old age is child's play

Tuesday, 26 March, 2013, 10:05am

Short Science, March 10, 2013

Canada exports the skin, teeth and paws of polar bears. Photo: AFP

Russian scientists believe they have found a new type of bacteria in the subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica. The samples obtained from the underground lake in May last year contained a bacteria, which bore no resemblance to existing types, said Sergei Bulat of the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:53am

Lab Report

Lab Report

A new study published in the journal Nature is the first to show that a diet high in salt could be driving the increased incidence of autoimmune diseases worldwide.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:39am


Feel the pinch A friend asked me: 'Are you a salt snob?' 'Of course not,' I replied, rather indignant that she thought me capable of snobbery. 'So what kind of salt do you use?' was the next question. 'What are you using it for?' I countered.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Taken with a grain

As I lie back on a lounger in a slightly weird but very comfortable salt-lined grotto, a magazine perched on my lap and soothing nature documentaries on the giant television in front of me, it strikes me that this is the least unpleasant medical treatment I've ever had.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Digging into salt origins

You know that salt gives your food more flavour. But do you know where it comes from? An expert from Zigong, the 'salt capital' of Sichuan province, says that salt is still produced by traditional methods in his city.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Internet user held by police for spreading polluted sea rumour

A man has been detained by police and fined 500 yuan (HK$593) for spreading rumours that radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant had polluted the sea around Shandong, China News Service reports.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

A grain of salt

I cringed when learning last week about the rush on salt to protect against the radioactive cloud that could be on its way from the crippled Japanese nuclear power plant. Childhood memories flooded back of being forced to lie face down in an inflatable swimming pool filled with sterilised water mixed with cups of the corrosive mineral.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Rumours trigger panic buying of salt across mainland, HK

Fears over Japan's continuing nuclear crisis fuelled a salt-buying frenzy across China as shoppers raced to stock up on the basis of wild rumours and speculation.

18 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

This week we test: body scrub

A body scrub exfoliates your skin using abrasive material like salt, grains and jojoba beads, rubbing away those dead skin cells and leaving you feeling baby-soft.

Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan Adzuki Bean & Rice Washing Grains (HK$199/125g) 7/10

3 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Lai See

Top model show tops HSBC's shambolic selection processWhatever you think of HSBC's shambolic selection of a new chairman it didn't quite achieve the depths of Australia's Next Top Model Show.

30 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

On the shelf

As we eat these Shanghainese crabs, we like to pretend we're Gulliver in Lilliput. It's not that we're very big but the crabs are very small - the shell is less than 2.5cm across. They're raw and have been soaked in rice wine and salt before being put in the jar.

8 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

With a pinch of salt

Seasoning to taste can be difficult for novice cooks who need to be instructed in baby steps as they learn how to make a dish. 'How much salt?' they ask, begging for a precise amount; 'just enough' the seasoned cook will instruct, as they toss the crystals into their food with seeming abandon.

23 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

To everything, its seasoning

Guests eating at the few Hong Kong restaurants offering mineral-rich salts can find comfort in the knowledge that they are eating healthier

16 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Eat healthily and pass on the salt

Go for fresh food, especially fruit and vegetables, rather than processed fare to keep sodium intake down, writes Jacqueline Tsang

There may not be a consensus yet on the role salt plays in the risk of cancer, but it is generally agreed that cutting down on the consumption of sodium is beneficial to health.

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am