Digestion case study

Part I:

My group covered the digestion case study in class. We studied a group of girls discussing what carbohydrates are and what foods produce the most amount. They all tracked down what they ate for the day. All of the foods they gathered together had carbohydrates except tuna fish.

We figured out that carbon and oxygen cause gas, so foods with mostly those build up the most gas in the body.

Our group also came up with the simple rules of figuring out whether or not foods contain carbohydrates: if food contains dairy or gluten, anything that contains sugar, or anything coming from a plant.

Part II:

Here’s the graph and ingredients we were given in class



The percentage of the carbohydrates in the bar that is simple sugar is 31%. The girls would not be able to omit all carbohydrates that are not well digested from their diet because carbohydrates are in almost every food. Simple sugars, starches and fibers are all carbohydrates. However, Simple sugars contain one or two molecules of sugar, some ingredients, such as salt and gylercin, are in the power bar. Starches can contain high fructose corn syrup. Fibers are used to help with digestion by softening waste material. Examples of those would be oat bran or whole wheat bread.

The ingredients are categorized as:

simple sugars: salt, glycerin

complex carbohydrates like starches: high fructose corn syrup, rice crisps, peanut butter, brown rice

complex carbojydrates that contain fibers: maltodextrin, oat bran

carbohydrates that would produce gas: milk protein isolate