You Are What You Eat


Organic chemistry is the study of carbon-based compounds. A carbon atom has four valence electrons so one carbon atom always form four covalent bonds. A special group of organic compounds are biochemical molecules which are produced by living organisms. They are derivatives of hydrocarbons: carbohydrates, protein, lipid, and nucleic acids.
The USDA's first dietary guidelines were published in 1894 by Dr. Wilbur Olin Atwater as a farmers' bulletin. Since then, the USDA has provided a variety of nutrition guides including the Food Pyramid and the latest MyPlate. MyPlate is divided into sections of approximately 30 percent grains, 30 percent vegetables, 20 percent fruits and 20 percent protein, accompanied by a smaller circle representing dairy, such as a glass of low-fat/nonfat milk or a yogurt cup.
Your blood type is genetically inherited through nucleic acids. Many cultures believe that different blood types can predict personalities, characters, and compatibilities to others. A new fad about eating for your blood type has consumers wondering if your nutrition should be dictated by the specific group and amounts of foods.


  1. You will get into a group of maximum of 6.
  2. Your written report will be in APA/MLA style:
  3. You will include, but not limited to, in your report:
  4. Menu (4 pts.)
  5. You will make a 10-minute (video) presentation


  1. Day 1 ~ 3: Pangea
  2. Day 4 ~ 6: Food History & Blood Anthropology
  3. Day 7: MyPlate (compare healthy eating with eating habit)
  4. Day 8 ~ 10: report writing – research and share information
  5. Day 11 ~ 12: poster board (trifold 48" by 36") – display information and images
  6. Day 13 ~ 15: video production - creative expression of information
  7. Day 16 ~ 18: assessment

Report Rubric


Chemistry in April