If your body takes in 20 moles of #O_2# from the air, and you eat 45 moles of sugar, which is the limiting reactant?

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Mar 16, 2016

Answer:

#C_6H_12O_6 + 6O_2 rarr 6CO_2 + 6H_2O + "heat"#

Clearly, oxygen is the limiting reagent.

Explanation:

I have simplified glucose metabolism with a simple combustion reaction. The balanced combustion equation clearly indicates that each mole of sugar, #C_6H_12O_6#, requires #6# mol of dioxygen gas for combustion.

Needless to say, this scenario is a bit unrealistic. Who would eat over 8 kilograms of sugar in one sitting?