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Acrylamide is formed in the Maillard reaction

Mottram, D. S., Wedzicha, B. L. and Dodson, A. T. (2002) Acrylamide is formed in the Maillard reaction. Nature, 419. pp. 448-449. ISSN 0028-0836

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1038/419448a

Abstract/Summary

Reports of the presence of acrylamide in a range of fried and oven-cooked foods have caused worldwide concern because this compound has been classified as probably carcinogenic in humans. Here we show how acrylamide can be generated from food components during heat treatment as a result of the Maillard reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars. We find that asparagine, a major amino acid in potatoes and cereals, is a crucial participant in the production of acrylamide by this pathway.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Food and Bioprocessing Research Group
ID Code:29381
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group

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