Do you or your students know that eating more calcium rich foods combats the effects of lead exposure or that eating colorful fruits reduces the health impacts of low level PCBs found in the environment all around us? The Fighting with Food project explores current biomedical research in nutrition and toxicology that shows how certain foods (we’re calling these fighting foods!) work to combat the health impacts of environmental toxicants like PCBs, lead, and mercury. The Fighting with Foods project focuses on integrating this information about the role of foods in combatting the effects of toxicants with core physical and biological science standards on matter.
The Fighting with Food project offers hands-on, guided inquiry investigations and student readings designed for middle and high school general science, chemistry, biology, and nutrition classes. In these investigations, students observe, collect, tabulate, and organize data, and then use their data to draw conclusions.
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