Fast food in sulfuric acid
name: concentrated sulfuric acid reacts with organic compounds in fast-food
Do this experiment in a draught cupboard or outdoors. Use a heat-resistant bowl. Be careful with concentrated acid - use safety goggles, a protective gown and gloves. Neutralize acid after the experiment.
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Our food is a complex mixture of organic compounds of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Organic compounds, such as glucose, react with sulfuric acid and form coal or carbon dioxide.
C6H12O6 + 12H2SO4 → 6CO2 + 12SO2 + 18H2O
It does not matter what kind of food we will use in this experiment. The dissolving of food in sulfuric acid is similar to the digestion process. In our stomach there is hydrochloric acid, which dissolves the products we eat.