Introduction to Food Macromolecules
Access 160+ virtual learning simulations
About Introduction to Food Macromolecules Virtual Lab Simulation
This is the full-length “Introduction to Food Macromolecules” simulation. For shorter, more targeted versions, see the Related simulations below.
Macromolecules are very large molecules created by the polymerization of small units called monomers. Most of the macromolecules are present in everyday life, for instance in food.
Learn about biological macromolecules
There are several types of biological macromolecules: Carbohydrates, Proteins, Lipids and Nucleic acids. All macromolecules, except lipids, are polymers. A polymer is a long molecule composed of chains of monomers. Monomers are small molecules that serve as building blocks of polymers. In addition, there are also oligomers in nature. Oligomers are molecular complex composed of a few monomer units, instead of the theoretical unlimited nature of polymers. Dimers and trimers are, for instance, oligomers composed of two and three monomers, respectively, such as lactose in milk for instance. However, in biochemistry, an oligomer usually refers to a macromolecular complex formed by non-covalent bonding of a few macromolecules, like nucleic acids or proteins. A clear example is those oligomers related to many neurodegenerative diseases, such as the alpha-synuclein aggregations in Parkinson’s disease.
Help your friend with your macromolecule knowledge
In the Introduction to Food Macromolecules simulation, you will help your friend get a healthy diet and investigate the types of macromolecules found in food. By performing a series of biochemistry tests, you will know the contents of various food items.
Can you use your macromolecule knowledge to convince your friend to change her diet to a healthier one?
Get Started Now
Techniques in Lab
- Benedict test
- Iodine test
- Sudan test
- Biuret test
At the end of this simulation, you will be able to…
- Understand the types of macromolecules found in food
- Understand the structure of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids
- Detect macromolecules in food samples
Examples of Related Standards
Life Science related 1st-2nd year onwards
2.1 Molecules to metabolism
2.3 Carbohydrates and lipids
D.1 Human nutrition
Unit 1: Chemistry of Life
Screenshots of Introduction to Food Macromolecules Virtual Lab Simulation
Sara R. Milillo Ph.D.Director of Math and Science Bay Path University
How it works
A million dollar lab in your browser
Perform experiments in virtual lab simulations to achieve core science learning outcomes.
All our simulations run on laptop and desktop computers, and you can play our simulations without having to install any browser plugins.
Hundreds of hours of science learning content
Our virtual laboratory simulations are aimed at university, college and high school level, within fields such as biology, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, chemistry, physics and more.
With access to our simulations, you will have hundreds of hours of engaging, high-quality learning content available to you.