I’m always trying to educate my kids on the value of real food and the differences between packaged, processed foods and real foods. I want them to know that we choose foods that provide nourishment over foods that are fast, sugary, salty, and enclosed in fun packaging. At The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, there are exhibits that are doing just that.
YOU! The Experience is a dramatic and unprecedented 15,000-square-foot permanent exhibit that celebrates the body, mind and spirit—and explores personal health and well-being. The exhibit, which opened at MSI in 2009, showcases the extraordinary workings of our bodies, the choices we make, the environment in which we live, and the role of medical technology.
While I hope to be able to show my kids the exhibit in person someday, for now, I’ll settle for the fun online game where you try to guess what’s in different products. You think you know what’s in hot cocoa? Let’s find out how much you really know.
“Would You Eat That?,” the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago’s new online game, challenges kids and adults alike to identify the ingredients in some of their favorite foods—including soda and fruit drinks, frozen apple pie, pudding, instant oatmeal and even dog food! Players choose from a list of artificial ingredients—including acesulfame K, maltodextrin, sucralose and yellow #5—to pick the four ingredients they think are in in included in a particular food. After selections are made, they “mix” them to see if they’ve come up with the right recipe. If players don’t name all four on your first try, they will get some clues and more guesses. Unlike some of these foods, their chances won’t last forever!
By breaking down foods into their chemical components, players learn how the properties of certain ingredients create the flavors we love and help keep foods fresh, but can sometimes have harmful side effects.
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