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The Chemistry of Food Composition

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Find the nutritional values/info in food from USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory?

Select a food. Use the USDA website to analyze the nutritional components and composition in terms of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins (including molecular structure). Assess calories, vitamins and minerals. Is this food recommended?

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Our bodies break down food through the digestive process. Let's investigate the chemical composition of the foods we eat. The USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory has posted a resource through which we can investigate the chemical composition of foods. Go to the USDA Lab Link at USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory. http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

Instructions:

1.Type in a keyword, then select a food group using the drop down arrow, then click submit.
2.This pulls up a menu with lots of choices.
3.Choose one food choice, then click submit
4.Next choose a portion size, then click submit
5.This will bring up the nutritional information.

Example:

Keyword: Apple
Select Food Group: Fruits and Fruit Juice
Apples, raw, with skin.
One medium
Assignment Details:

A.Analyze the nutritional components of the food you select and in your own words and answer the following questions using the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory ...

Solution Summary

Understanding the chemistry of food and how it is broken down is explained.

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