Why Do Things Taste Sweet?

Our love of sweets can be traced back to our cavemen ancestors! The chemical makeup of sweet foods creates a strong source of energy in our diets. Glucose, sucrose, and fructose all have similar chemical structures that create the tastes we crave! 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils build sucrose, fructose, and glucose molecules and compare their structures
  • Flip your classroom by assigning the video as homework; use class time for discussion and practice
Classroom Considerations
  • Individuals require Internet access if viewing the lesson independently
  • Part of the ACS Reactions series
Pros
  • Includes links to several resources for further research
  • Provides several images and animations to add clarity to the explanations
Cons
  • None