Foods we eat have to do with chemistry. They consist of organic compounds like carbohydrates--starch and sugar, protein, and lipids. Other nutrients like vitamins and minerals and water are all important chemical compounds. The process of respiration removes oxygen from the environment while adding carbon dioxide and water. Plants use these to carry out photosynthesis, while releasing oxygen and water again out of their leaves. Again, chemical reactions important to everyday life. The drugs people use are all extracted from plants or synthesized in laboratories--chemistry! Soaps, detergents, household cleaners are all chemicals made in a lab. The art of cooking is a chemical reaction. Once food is cooked, it is never the same! A piece of bread vs. toast, or a raw piece of steak, vs. a cooked steak. The makeup and anti-wrinkle cremes, the sunscreen, all chemical products devised in labs and sold on the market place. The ph of various things in the home have to do with chemistry from the acidic orange juice to the alkaline bleach. When you eat foods, hydrolysis or digestion occurs in the alimentary canal. This is a series of chemical reactions using enzymes, to change complex chemicals in food to endproducts that can be absorbed by the body's cells. The caffeine in the coffee and tea we drink affects our mood and keeps us awake. These are all chemical reactions in the body. Fermentation, another chemical reaction produces beer and wine, cheese and bread. Chemistry certainly affects us all from the time we are born until the day we die. Even then, decomposition occurs and chemical elements return to the Earth to be reused.
I wrote an essay about the importance of chemistry in high school and submit it into a competition. My essay was awarded second place in the Country in the high school category. So I decided just to do a simple blog post about the importance of chemistry in everyday life.
The importance of chemistry in everyday life is listed below, but the list does not reflect all the ways in which chemistry is important to everyday life.
- For all living things to function and survived their bodies perform various chemical processes. Some of those processes includes; respiration, digestion, producing new cell, filtering and releasing of waste substances from their bodies, reproduction, etc. so all living things depend on chemical reactions to function and survived.
- Chemistry is the foundation of medicine. Human being use chemical reactions to create medication for a broad spectrum of illness and/ or they utilize medicinal plants and animals. Chemical reactions takes place in plants and animals, this result in the formation of substances in some plants and animals that can be used to treat illness. Chemistry is important to everyday life, because it provides medicine.
- The food we consume each day comes directly from chemical processes. So without chemistry we and our domesticated animals would have no food (yes no home cook meals, fast food, animal feed, etc.). We would also have no food flavouring and colouring to put on our food.
- Chemistry is needed for the continual advancement of technology. By using the principles of chemistry we are able to extract different types of metals and also create different types of plastics. Plastics and metals are used in all aspect of society; from the office, housing industry, transportation industry (car, train, etc.), power industry, manufacturing industry to the food industry. The metals and plastics created are used to build electronic devices (phones, tablets, etc.), cars, lab equipment’s, hospital equipment’s, etc..
So because of chemistry we are able to make the iPod, laptops, cars, tablets, plastic bags, shoes, and clothing, send a man to the moon, genetically modified food to be healthier, treat diseases, etc. Chemistry also enable us to cook and clean.
N.B. Chemistry is involve in the creation of all manmade objects and things. So everything you touch throughout your life time, is touch by chemistry.