Carb Cutter Lab Report Essay

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Carb Cutter: Does it Really Cut the Carbs? 2:30 PM T Freeman Spring Semester 2012 The amount of obese and overweight individuals is increasing every year in the United States. With 33.9% of American adults obese, and 34.4% overweight, but not obese, more and more people are looking for any alternative to lose weight (Anonymous 2011). If someone told you that they knew of a weight loss pill that actually works, would you consider it? A new study has proven that Carb Cutter pills are effective at preventing amylase, an enzyme that breaks down starch, from digesting starch. This then prevents starch from converting into glucose and then to body fat. The carbs that aren’t absorbed then pass through the digestive tract and are excreted.…show more content…
The control group was expected to see a decrease in absorbance because of the starch being digested by amylase. Our experimental group contained everything the control group did, including the Carb Cutter pill. If the Carb Cutter proved to actually work it would show a steady high absorbance, proving that it constantly keeps amylase from digesting the starch. The graph below was charted with results to indicate how well the Carb Cutter actually worked. Human error is easily obtained when working on an experiment with so many different solutions, time measurements, and accuracies of measurements. An easy mistake could have been made while waiting 15-20 minutes for the Carb Cutter to digest. With the time crunch in the Biology Lab, the Carb Cutter may not have been completely digested before rushing to begin the experiment. The results from the experiment showed an increase in absorbance with the Carb Cutter pill, which is not accurate because there is no way that more starch was made in the solution. Given more time for the procedure, this lab experiment may have received more accurate results. The results obtained by students of the Biology department of UGA correlated with that of the Mayo Clinic study; amylase may be slowed, but it takes a great dosage of bean extract to really get the job done and see results. From the graph, we can see that the Carb Cutter

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