Few activities capture and keep kids’ interest like those involving food. By conducting food chemistry tests, students finally get rewarded for playing with their food!
Connect the dots between science and nutrition with our food chemistry experiment kit. Use the provided lab-grade chemicals and lab supplies to test food for protein, vitamin C, and more!
Learn about the chemistry behind everyday foods as you test them with the chemicals provided in this kit. Perform qualitative tests (indicating presence) for chemical components, like:
- Glucose, a simple carbohydrate
- Starch, a complex carbohydrate
- Protein, made up of amino acids
- Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid
Even reluctant students and parents become confident food chemists as they test food for proteins, fats, and simple & complex carbohydrates. This kit promotes discovery through hands-on experimentation and gives kids familiarity with basic chemistry lab procedures, like:
- Forming a hypothesis
- Making an aqueous solution
- Mixing & measuring
- Recording & charting data
The step-by-step, instructional manual guides you through five experiments and includes suggestions for more food chemistry projects to tackle independently. Use the included charts to record results. With your kitchen or classroom as the food chemistry lab, test whatever interests you!
- 6 test tubes, rack, and holder
- 5 lab-grade chemicals
- Beaker and pipettes
- Lab manual & wax pencil
See our experiment ideas below on how to use this kit for a food chemistry science fair project.
Science Fair Project Ideas:
- Which has more glucose—homemade or store-bought jam? Try different brands of jams and jellies, including some with artificial sweetener.
- Do lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruits have more vitamin C? What about orange juice or lemon juice from the store vs. fresh? What about juice from concentrate?
- Does canning or freezing change the nutrition of fruits and vegetables? Test fresh and preserved foods.
With this kit, many people also order a test tube brush for easy cleanup and a mortar and pestle to help make liquid solutions from solid foods.
Note: The biuret reagent has a shelf life of 12 months.
Shipping Note: This item contains regulated chemicals and only ships Economy or UPS to a street address in the 50 US states.