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Food Analysis (limited shelf life)

Kit #6

Using simple and safe chemical tests, students can very quickly and easily identify the major nutrients in common foods. Students use step-by-step instructions to test common foods for the presence of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids. They also perform qualitative (detect a presence) and quantitative (how much) tests of Vitamin C by using a very simple drop-by-drop titration process. Over 100 tests for unknowns can be performed on each food group. This kit does not use corrosive agents or toxic substances. NOTE: Because of limited shelf-life of certain components, the Food Analysis Kit should be used within three weeks of receipt.

Details at a Glance

  • 1 Day | 1 ~50 minute class period
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates classes, each with 10 groups of 4 students
  • Consumables service 40 students
  • Requires a water source

Scientific Concepts

•Identify major nutrients in common foods
•Test common foods for presence of nutrients
•Quantitatively determine Vitamin C in foods

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 1 Teacher’s Guide with MSDS
  • 10 Student Worksheets and Guides
  • 2 Plastic droppers
  • 20 Slides
  • 10 Test tubes
  • 1 Drop control bottle of Fat Testing solution
  • 1 Drop control bottle of Protein Testing solution Type A
  • 1 Drop control bottle of Protein testing solution Type B
  • 1 Drop control bottle of Starch Testing solution
  • 1 Drop control bottle of Sugar Testing solution
  • 1 Drop control bottle of Vitamin C Standardizing solution
  • 1 Drop control bottle of Vitamin C Testing solution