The Extraction and Identification of Artificial Food Colors

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Did you know some food dyes are considered safe while others are considered carcinogenic? During the experiment, young chemists extract artificial food colors from prepared foods. Then, they use chromatography paper to identify which colors were used.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have each lab group test a different type of food
Classroom Considerations

  • Be aware of any allergies
  • Follow all safety instructions for the acetic acid and ammonia, as the vapors irritate and burn the respiratory system, eyes, and skin
Pros

  • Includes clear step-by-step instructions
  • Diagrams are easy to read and understand
Cons

  • None
Common Core