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Sweet Tooth Maths 2

March 27, 2013

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Gather round mathpiggies.

Today we are going to be Food Scientists; food science needs maths and this food science is important for your health and diet.

Before we do the maths we must understand the science of sugar. Here is a simple explanation.

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Fructose Info

In the USA corn, which is 100% glucose, undergoes an industrial process that breaks down the long glucose chains  and converts some glucose to fructose because fructose delivers a bigger sweetness hit on your tongue and corn is cheap. The resulting HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) is, on average, 60% fructose.

Now we can do the maths.

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This important information below comes from the Goran Labsvitamin water power c

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Fructose %

Food Science Maths

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Fast Food Maths

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red bull1. Draw up a bar graph of the weight of sugar(sucrose) and fructose for 8 drinks.

2. Plot the weight of sugar(sucrose) and fructose for 8 drinks on axes.

3. Assuming that 100ml of soft drink weighs 100g – this is realistic- calculate the percentage of sugar(sucrose) and fructose. This exercise is to see if students are paying attention. It is very easy!

 4. Drinking too much sugar in any form is not advisable, but fructose in large quantities just adds calories without satisfying your hunger. Which drinks are loaded with fructose?

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