Hot Dog in Hydrogen Peroxide: Weird Reaction!
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We work with high-powered hydrogen peroxide a lot on Nickipedia. Mainly because this is the chemical we use for the “foam fountain of science” live shows and shows like SMOSH LAB.
I’ve gotten really used to handling 35% hydrogen peroxide, and on occasion spill some on my skin. It instantly turns my skin the rough, dead, white looking color. This got me thinking. What would 35% H202 do to other objects?
We tested the following: cherries, sardines, banana, fluffy slime, buffalo blood, cooked piece of steak, and a hot dog.
Out of all of the objects, the one I was the most surprised with was the hot dog. It literally turned the whole hot dog from a pink to a pure white!!!
The reaction takes place because H202 reacts with catalase (an enzyme in most living or once living creatures). This enzyme breaks down the H202 into O2 gas and water. The bubbles produced form the reaction are the oxygen gas, while the color change is most likely happening due to the proteins breaking down that give the color to the hotdog (cherries, banana, etc). The proteins are being denatured (broken down) because the oxygen produced is stealing electrons from the proteins effetely destroying them!
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