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Janice VanCleave's Food and Nutrition for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun Paperback – July 15, 1999
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Grade 4-8-VanCleave teaches young readers about food groups, vitamins and minerals, the relationship between energy and food, how to read nutrition labels, and more. The text is straightforward, with good use of scientific terms. Each of the 25 chapters starts off with background information, but the heart of this book is the array of activities that relate to real-life situations. Most will need adult supervision, making this a great resource book for science teachers, but adaptable to use at home. Some representative activities include "Uncoiled," which determines why egg whites become white and foamy when beaten; "Gassy," which studies the results of combining baking powder and baking soda with liquids; and "Foamy," which demonstrates how fat is broken down in the body. This is a good update to Foodworks: Over 100 Science Activities and Fascinating Facts That Explore the Magic of Food from the Ontario Science Center (Addison-Wesley, 1987).
Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Digital edition.
From the Back Cover
How does milk help me grow?
Where do vitamins come from?
Do carrots really strengthen my eyesight?
Find out these answers-in Janice VanCleave's Food and Nutrition for Every Kid. To the delight of children, parents, and teachers everywhere, America's favorite science teacher brings a welcome addition to the popular Science for Every Kid series. Through fun, safe, and easy-to-do experiments, Janice VanCleave teaches kids ages eight to twelve all about food and nutrition.
Kids can learn about leavening agents by mixing baking soda with vinegar. They'll explore why different sweeteners vary in sweetness, how to use natural food dyes to dye a T-shirt, and what the food pyramid is-plus much more.
Each experiment is broken down into a purpose, list of materials, step-by-step instructions, expected results, and explanations that kids can understand. Every project has been tested and can be performed safely and inexpensively using ordinary household materials.
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About sugar - The kids are told to stay away from honey, and rather to consume sugar. Honey has so many health benefits, while sugar deprives the body of nutrients. While I don't eat sugar, she goes on to say that refining sugar means that you take out the impurities, when refining sugar actually takes out what little nutritious material exists in the sugar. Worse yet, she recommends fake chemical sweeteners to prevent dental caries. Chemical sweeteners are so toxic, how could anyone recommend them to a child?
She tells the children to only drink pasteurized milk, when raw milk provides healthy bacteria and enzymes that assist with digestion. My husband grew up on raw milk and passed up both of his parents in height. They had five children and none of them got sick off of the milk.
Flouride - she recommends the use of fluoride in drinking water. Toothpaste tubes have a warning that the user should not swallow the toothpaste, because of the fluoride, which is toxic. Why would someone choose to swallow fluoride in water?
This book is not about nutrition. This book has some science to it, which we will go through and use what we find to be truthful and helpful, but any parent would want to guide their children through this and help them to pick and choose what to learn from.
Just plain fun, and we're all (even steeped-in-science veteran OB/GYN Grandpa) learning a lot.
Kudos to the author!
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