What Are Nitrates? - Definition, Foods & Side Effects

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Nitrates are composed of which of the following molecules?

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1. What happens to nitrates when they enter the human digestive system?

2. Nitrate occurs naturally in the soil. Where are the largest deposits located?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you assess your understanding of nitrates and the important role they play in our digestive system. You will be quizzed on the molecular structure of nitrates and the conversion process of nitrates to nitrites.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The composition and conversion of nitrates
  • Where the largest deposits of nitrate are found
  • The type of contamination that nitrates and nitrites are good at preventing
  • What resource the War of the Pacific was fought over

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as nitrates and nitrites
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding bacteria
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about where nitrate is naturally found

Additional Learning

To learn more about nitrates, review the accompanying lesson called What Are Nitrates? - Definitions, Foods & Side Effects. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identifying the molecular structure of nitrates
  • Understanding the nitrate to nitrite conversion process
  • Knowing what types of foods contain nitrates
  • Locating the largest nitrate deposit
  • Identifying the motivation for the War of the Pacific
  • Knowing what bacteria nitrates prevent
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