Introduction to Food Additives

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Activity Description Subject(s) Level

Food ingredients card games

In this text-based activity, students look at the preparation of a buffet lunch for a school fete.

They are asked to highlight areas of poor hygiene that could cause problems such as food poisoning.

Science

Food Technology

KS3 and above

Guess the food from the labels

Students are given copies of ingredients labels from several common foods including baked beans, cornflakes, ice cream and naan bread. Students are challenged to identify the food from its ingredients.

Science

Food Technology

KS3 and above

Would you eat these for breakfast?

The purpose of this activity is to illustrate that all foods are chemicals.

Students are given lists of ingredients from five breakfast foods. They are asked to identify them and consider how palatable or otherwise they appear from their chemical constituents.

Science

Food Technology

KS3 and above

What can be added to the food you buy?

Students are given information about the main classes of food additives.

Science

Food Technology

KS3

Reading the label

By law, food manufacturers must list, on the packet, the ingredients in that food. Usually ingredients are listed in descending order by weight.

Students are given the ingredients list for a cheese and ham pastie and answer questions on its contents.

Science

Food Technology

KS3

Finding the additives

Students are given the ingredients list from a vinaigrette salad dressing and have to identify the different additives.

Science

Food Technology

KS3

Food safety

In this text-based activity, students look at the preparation of a buffet lunch for a school fete.

They are aksed to highlight areas of poor hygiene that could cause problems such as food poisoning.

Science

Food Technology

KS3 and above