Fat-Free or Normal Fat Foods

By: Kalin Olson

Purpose Statement

The purpose of this experiment is to see if you can tell the difference between fat free and normal fat food. I am interested in this experiment because if you can’t taste the difference, then you can eat healthy and still eat good tasting food. The information gained from this experiment will be if you can still eat healthy and have good tasting foods.

Research

Fats and oils are a part of a healthy diet. Fats can impact our heart and arteries in positive and negative ways, depending on what kind of fats you eat. To avoid bad fats, eat plenty of fish, vegetables, and nuts. Also, make sure you know your limits on fats, salts, and sugars. Be sure to prepare meals with a small amount of salt, and look at nutrition labels on food for low saturated, trans fat, and sodium amounts.


Calories provide the amount of energy you get from eating a serving size. It depends on the number of servings you consume to how many calories you have gained. Serving sizes make it easier to compare similar foods. If you eat 2 serving sizes, it doubles the amount of everything in the food.


Hypothesis

My hypothesis is you can taste a difference in fat and fat free foods. I base my hypothesis on the foods have different things in them so they won’t taste the same.


Materials

people

Fat free foods

Normal foods


IV- Non-fat and regular fat foods

DV- If you can taste the difference

CV- people testing,

CV- Fat free and normal fat foods

Procedures

  1. Get 3 people to test the experiment

  2. Place fat-free and normal fat foods in different containers, so the people you are testing don’t know which one is which

  3. Have people taste the different foods to see if they can taste the difference (have them tell you if they can taste the difference)

  4. Record observations and their final answers

  5. Repeat steps 2-4 two more times with 1 other food

Observations Log/Data

  • Its hard to taste the difference between foods

  • Different people have different facial expresions when they taste food

Results

The original purpose of this experiment was to see if you can taste the difference between fat free and normal fat foods. The results of the experiment were that you can taste the difference between fat free and normal fat foods.

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Conclusion

My hypothesis was you can taste a difference in fat and fat free foods. I base my hypothesis on the foods have different things in them so they won’t taste the same. The results indicate that this hypothesis should be considered accurate. Based on the results of this experiment I can conclude that if you want fat-free food, there is a difference in taste between normal food. If I were to conduct this science fair project again I would try different foods with different people and have them see which one is better.

Acknowledgements

  • my mom

  • my dad

  • my brother