DISCOVER WHAT’S IN SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE FOODS WITH MSI’S NEW ONLINE GAME “WOULD YOU EAT THAT?”
Getting the most out of what you eat takes knowing what's in your food. While packaged and prepared food can save time, it takes a lot of chemistry to keep those items edible on the long trip from the factory to your kitchen. Do you know what is actually in some of your favorite food?
“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… but 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.
In conjunction with the Museum’s permanent exhibit on human health and wellness, YOU! The Experience, “Would You Eat That?” shows kids, teens and adults how to think about nutrition in a new, fun and interactive way.
Available at the Museum of Science and Industry’s website, www.msichicago.org/wyet
ABOUT YOU! THE EXPERIENCE
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.
Beth Boston, beth.boston(at)msichicago.org
Marilyn Stein, marilyn.stein(at)msichicago.org.
About the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI)
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), the Museum offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to MSI’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! MSI is open 9:30–4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Extended hours, until 5:30 p.m., are offered during peak periods. The Museum is grateful for the support of its donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.
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- Play Our New Game!
- Pick the four ingredients you think are in a particular food then “mix it up." Did you come up with the right recipe? Unlike some of these foods, your chances won't last forever! [Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.]
- Acesulfame K, Maltodextrin, Sucralose?
- By breaking down foods into chemical components, learn how ingredients create the flavors we love and keep food "fresh." [Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
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