The term nutrition covers a broad spectrum of information. One of the best ways to analyze the nutrition found in a food is to compare it to the nutrition found in similar food.
Main Curriculum Tie:
Career and Technical Education Introduction
Standard 6 Objective 3
Demonstrate basic skills related to nutrition, food preparation, and clothing and textiles.
- Dietition, Health Careers, Chef
Read through the entire attachment and decide which information and supplies you wish to use.
Background For Teachers:
Review the safety, sanitation and cooking terms with the students. Then choose which labs you would like to students to complete as a group.
Student Prior Knowledge:
Basic cooking skills.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will understand how to make and follow a recipe.
You can start with the popcorn lab to discuss with students the differences in nutrition of foods that will be prepared in class.
Begin the lab by preparing a batch of popcorn in a hot air popper. During the popcorn cooking process, discuss and/or reinforce some of the food science and/or nutritious principles involved such as:
- Popcorn is 13.5 % moisture which the heat changes into steam; the hard kernel keeps in the moisture until the steam builds up and the pressure finally bursts the shell.
- Popcorn is a special kind of corn grown for popping; not every kind of corn will pop.
- Popping the corn in a hot air popper reduces the number of calories that are often added by cooking the popcorn in oil (thus allowing the consumer to make a choice).
- Adding the salt after the popcorn is popped allows the consumer another flavor choice. Many types of flavoring add a lot of salt and/or sugar to the popcorn and may defeat the idea of popcorn being nutritious.
- Popcorn can be a nutritious snack. It can be prepared in a variety of ways to better meet the dietary guidelines.
After the popcorn is popped, allow each group of students to make one of the popcorn recipes.
Next pick a few other labs for students to complete for cooking and nutrition practice.
Created Date :
Jun 07 2010 13:14 PM