Anatomy of a Pizza

My colleagues have been using the McMush lab to test for the presence of macromolecules in a Happy Meal, but it honestly makes me gag, so I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement. Then today, I serendipitously found both this image and this resource!!! Pizza truly is the best thing ever.

pizza salad

Basically, in this activity, students dissect a slice of pizza and determine which food group each part comes from, the average portion size of each of the components, and then the caloric value of them.

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When you burn off the fat, where does it go?

This is a great article by NPR on a question pertinent to most of us trying to lose that extra holiday ‘couple:

When you burn off the fat, where does it go?

I’ve used it as an introduction to macromolecules and cellular respiration, but it’s also a great side article that gets students thinking about what being on a diet and weight loss really is.