Sugar vs. High Fructose Corn Syrup - What's the Difference?

Sometimes learning can be pretty sweet! Get your class involved in the sugar-versus-high-fructose-corn-syrup debate with a video from a playlist on chemical reactions. Viewers see the similarities and differences between the two sweet substances, as well as the hazards of a high-sugar diet.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • The versatile video adds interest to agriculture, nutrition, and sugar chemistry lessons
  • Plan a scavenger hunt homework assignment where pupils raid their cupboards in search of foods containing high fructose corn syrup
Classroom Considerations
  • Before the video, show the class the chemical structures of glucose and fructose to get them comfortable with they way they are drawn
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  • Presents the information in an engaging way
  • Side-by-side comparisons of different sugar molecules let viewers judge for themselves as to their advantages and disadvantages
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