Maillard Reaction - The Process

The Process

  1. The carbonyl group of the sugar reacts with the amino group of the amino acid, producing N-substituted glycosylamine and water
  2. The unstable glycosylamine undergoes Amadori rearrangement, forming ketosamines
  3. There are several ways for the ketosamines to react further:
    • Produce 2 water and reductones
    • Diacetyl, aspirin, pyruvaldehyde and other short-chain hydrolytic fission products can be formed
    • Produce brown nitrogenous polymers and melanoidins

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