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Nutrition for Liberal Arts Students, independent study
- Fats dripping onto the coals at a barbeque flare up, shooting flames from the grill. Carbs
toasting over a bonfire may burst in flame and burn. Protein dropped onto the coals of a barbeque
do not produce flame [but do smoke a lot]. Does this mean that protein stores less energy than
carbs, which store less than fats? Or does it illustrate something else, and if so, what?
[hint: a quick glance in the Energy lecture shows that the answer to the first question is
“no,” so you can guess (or hypothesize) that the question wants to know why protein does
not burn as easily as carbohydrates which do not burn as easily as fats; this is an example of the
critical thinking required to find a simpler question in what seems to be a difficult question.
Now, reread the seemingly irrelevant, and definitely long-winded, story about the “fire in the
fireplace,” and the equally irrelevant footnotes to the “Energy Metabolism” table
toward the end of “§ 3. Biology” in the Energy lecture to find the answer to our
- You should start with an outline of 2 to 5 key points in logical order, but you do not
have to turn in the outline.
- Each key point will be covered in a single, separate paragraph.
- The essay will have an introductory paragraph,
2 to 5 development paragraphs,
and a concluding paragraph (with conclusion).
- Rules of grammar will be enforced, with points deducted for errors.
- Cite references.
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