Oxidative Changes and Their Control in Meat and Meat Products

  • Karl-Otto Honikel
Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)


Oxygen is a rather reactive molecule and is able to combine with many compounds within a living organism and food. But due to this reactivity it is also essential for animal life because reactions with oxygen provide the tissues with chemical energy. But the main constituents of muscular and fatty tissues are in a healthy live animal rather unsusceptible for unwanted oxidative changes. The reason is the presence of antioxidative substances in sufficient concentrations which despite the prevailing high oxygen concentrations in the tissue control the oxidation processes.

Antioxidants are reduced chemical compounds which react with oxygen or other already oxidized constituents of tissues. In these reactions the antioxidants are oxidized. They can be either reduced again by other reduced substances or, if not possible, will loose their antioxidative character. The antioxidative compounds are either directly received via feed/food or formed in metabolism with the help of the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federal Research Centre for Nutrition and FoodMax Rubner InstituteGermany

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