Food to Fuel

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In this activity, learners will explore the foods that are in their kitchen and what sugars are inside of them. Explore nutrition and food labels to better understand the foods you eat. This activity includes step-by-step questions that guide exploration of the food we eat.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Snacks from your kitchen (We recommend lots of different ones--anything with a nutrition label: candies, chips, fruits, vegetables and drinks are great starts!)
  • Bag of Sugar
  • Teaspoon
  • 1 Quart sized sandwich bag or clear cup/container for each snack tested.


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


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