Moon Cakes for Mid-autumn Festival

September 22nd is the date of Mid-autumn Festival this year. Chinese people all over the world eat moon cakes to celebrate the festival. Below are some moon cakes with non-traditional flavours and presentation being sold in Hong Kong.

Ice Cream Moon Cakes

Japanese Moon Cakes with Yam and Red Bean fillings

Mini Moon Cakes with Foie Gras and Milky Yolk Fillings

Chocolate Moon Cakes

Starbuck Snowy Moon Cakes

Moon Cookies

Study Links Cholesterol, Nonstick Coating Chemical

Chemicals used to make non-stick coatings on cookware and to waterproof fabrics may raise levels of cholesterol in children, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Children in a study with the highest levels of these compounds in their blood had measurably higher levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein, or LDL – the so-called “bad” cholesterol – compared with children with lower readings.

The findings do not prove exposure to these chemicals, called perfluoroalkyl acids, caused the higher readings, but they show a link and suggest the need for more study, researchers noted.

The researchers studied perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA and perfluorooctanesulfonate or PFOS. They make their way into people through drinking water, dust, food packaging, breast milk, cord blood, microwave popcorn, air and occupational exposure, according to the researchers.

Studies in animals suggest perfluoroalkyl acid can affect the liver, which could result in changes in cholesterol levels.