Sodium Compounds

Toxic fumes put four in hospital

Toxic fumes created by the mixing of two cleaning solutions sent four cleaners to hospital yesterday, one in critical condition.

Tuesday, 19 April, 2011, 12:00am

Worker jailed for manufacturing cocaine

A transportation worker was jailed for 11 years and four months yesterday after admitting manufacturing cocaine and using a false identity card, the Court of First Instance heard. On February 23 last year a police raid in Lee Chung-tai's Sham Tseng premises found 391.62 grams of sodium hydroxide, an ingredient used to make cocaine.

27 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Bleaches fail to meet standards

Most household bleaches would kill fewer germs than expected if they were diluted according to the 1:99 ratio the government suggests, the Consumer Council said yesterday.

16 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Hong Kong and China Gas Chinese Cookbook

Hong Kong and China Gas Chinese Cookbook

The Hong Kong and China Gas Company

21 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Salt - do we really need it?

Which of the above statements is true? Unprocessed fruits, vegetables, meat and fish provide all the sodium we need, but we are eating much more than that.

Over three-quarters of the salt we eat comes from processed foods such as breakfast cereals, soups, sauces, ready meals, fast foods, ham, sausages and biscuits.

28 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

On the shelf

1 From the name and sleek, stylish packaging, we expected Kshocolat to be made by an ultra-cool, avant-garde German producer, but were surprised to find it's made in Scotland.

5 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Flavouring drawbacks

This week Alicia Ng, 17

Alicia asks: Why does MSG make food taste so good? Can eating it cause side effects?

Wynnie says: MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a white powder which looks like sugar or salt, and is manufactured from starch, corn sugar or molasses by a fermentation process.

10 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Danger signs

There is a wide range of possible causes for a migraine attack, and sufferers have their own set of particular triggers. It is worth keeping a detailed diary of your dietary intake and lifestyle habits and any migraine attacks, in order to help you and your healthcare provider identify possible patterns or causes. Here are some to watch out for:

21 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

On the shelf

1 A sturdy chef's knife is better for cutting through crisp pizza crust than a pizza wheel. But a good quality (heavy and sharp) pizza wheel is the best tool for cutting sheets of puff pastry dough - because the cutter rolls as it cuts, it doesn't fuse the delicate layers together, which would inhibit rising.

29 Jun 2008 - 12:00am


Umami is gaining acceptance in the west as the fifth 'taste' (in addition to the traditional bitter, sweet, salty and sour), but its existence has been recognised in Asia, especially Japan, for about a century.

18 May 2008 - 12:00am

How to tell if a food is high or low in salt

A lot means: 1.25g or more salt per 100g (or 0.5g or more sodium per 100g).

Moderate means: 0.25g - 1.25g salt per 100g (or 0.1 - 0.5g sodium per 100g).

A little means: 0.25g salt or less per 100g (or 0.1g sodium or less per 100g).

How do I work out how much salt is in a food?

1 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

What's in it?

What is it? Sodium laureth sulphate.

Other names it goes by? Sodium lauryl ether sulphate, sodium alkyl ether sulphate, sodium diethylene glycol.

What's it used in? Shampoo, body wash, facial cleansers, bubble bath, exfoliants, hair colours and liquid hand soap.

What does it do? Helps the product to foam, allowing for smoother distribution.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

More than a pinch

We're born with a liking for salty foods, but, some of us like salt more than others.

A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2005 found that individual differences may be related to how much a person weighs when they are born.

31 May 2007 - 12:00am


'The fact that the Chinese use it, while people not of Chinese descent generally don't, creates a serious cultural barrier to the mainstream appreciation of Chinese food. Isn't it time to cast off our prejudices and take a cool, steady look at MSG?'

24 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Pass the salt

We all need a small amount of salt, or sodium chloride, for our bodies to function properly, but but most of us eat far too much.

Unprocessed fruit, vegetables, meat and fish provide all the sodium we need. Over 75 per cent of the salt we eat comes from processed food, such as breakfast cereals, soups, sauces, ready meals and biscuits.

25 Jan 2007 - 12:00am