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Experts' views on Tsang’s budget

Wu Boxiong, associate professor of economics at Hong Kong Baptist University.


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The other day, I was reorganising my overcrowded kitchen cupboards, trying to make it easier to find things. I was surprised by the number of sugars I had: there was granulated, two types of icing sugar, brown lump sugar, muscovado, soft brown sugar, gula melaka (palm sugar) and chouquette sugar.

31 Aug 2012 - 6:01pm

Maple syrup

Shady Maple Farms Pure Maple Syrup

This syrup is thick and full on the palate and almost has a creaminess to it. It has a light caramel-like flavour and a satisfying aroma with a deep colour to match. It would add a subtle flavour to cookies, but is best used on pancakes.

HK$88.50, Great, LG1/F, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Manuka honey products

New Zealand Honey Co Lemon & Honey Cordial with Manuka Honey

HK$86 for 375ml, ThreeSixty

Pure honey (62 per cent), pure manuka honey (10 per cent), lemon juice (25 per cent), and apple cider combine for a drink that has vitamin C and antioxidants. Each bottle makes 2.5 litres of drink.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Organic confectionery

Vermints Peppermint 40 grams for HK$39, Just Green

Typical mints contain chemicals, meat by-products or artificial sweeteners, but not this all-natural variety made in Vermont from US-grown organic ingredients. You can actually see little shreds of mint leaves in each white pastille.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Sweet deception

For those of us whose schedules are packed and whose mornings often start early, a quick bowl of cereal and milk or a sachet of wheat drink seems to offer a healthy, quick and convenient breakfast solution.

But we may be consuming sugar at levels far above what's considered to be healthy.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

Overtime works against you

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fantasy land

'Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles'

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), American architect

In cloud cuckoo land

What or where is...?

1 cloud cuckoo land

a. an aviary for wild birds

b. a state of mind in which someone thinks something impossible will happen

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Food of love

I love to give home-made gifts when visiting friends and relatives over the Lunar New Year. Doing so is much more personal and thoughtful than proffering tins of Danish cookies and bottles of expensive cognac (although the alcohol is usually a very welcome gift, too). The ingredients used in these recipes are symbolic, said to bring wealth and fortune to the recipient.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

All abuzz about sweet goodness

It's not news that honey is good for us. But until fairly recently, we haven't known why.

Now research has started to show that it is honey's antimicrobial properties that work to reduce swelling, pain and inflammation. Honey can be antibacterial, antiviral and antibiotic.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Sugar-free Choc

Bel Arte Gianduja HK$23.50 for 45g, Great

The sweetener maltitol is used in place of sugar in this bar, which unfortunately makes it bland and blah. If you must eat it, proceed with caution: in some people, maltitol may cause intestinal discomfort and even diarrhoea.

Verdict: Good, smooth texture, but otherwise unappetising.

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Less-is-more plan helps sweeten life

Sugars explained

A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but exceeding your recommended levels can increase your chances of obesity, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

What is sugar?

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The WOW factor

Hello, honey

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Filthy dumpling factory closed

Ahead of the Dragon Boat festival tomorrow, zongzi (sticky-rice dumplings) have been flying off the shelves all over the mainland - but the discovery of a squalid Beijing workshop that used excessive additives might make some people think twice before tucking into the traditional fare.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Unnatural selection

A New York woman recently filed a complaint against General Mills, accusing the company of misleading customers by marketing its Fruit Roll-ups as a healthy snack. It's surprising, not because the food manufacturer was being evasive about its product's nutritional value, but because the woman actually believed the hype.

15 Aug 2010 - 12:00am