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Analytical Methods for the Determination of Maillard Reaction Products in Foods. An Introduction

  • Rajeev K. SinglaEmail author
  • Ashok K. Dubey
  • Sara M. Ameen
  • Shana Montalto
  • Salvatore Parisi
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to give a reliable overview of analytical methods for the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of Maillard reaction products in foods during processing and storage steps. At present, the importance of Maillard reactions in food processing is correlated with the appearance of sensorial alterations in foods: colours, flavours, and odours can be seriously compromised. Maillard reaction-related modifications may be a distinctive advantage in certain foods. On the other side, the attention of researchers in the area of public health is often focused on safety aspects of selected molecules or classes of substances such as furfurals, furosine, 3-deoxyglucosone, and other chemicals such as acrylamide. This chapter describes the Maillard reaction in detail. Moreover, many problems concerning the real comprehension of this group of chemical reactions depend on the peculiarity of analysed food products and analyte features. As a result, the choice of the ‘right’ analytical procedure should take into account these aspects related to peculiar analytes: a brief introduction to the problem is presented here.

Keywords

Acrylamide Amino compound Furosine Hydroxymethylfurfural Maillard reaction Melanoidins Reducing sugar 

Abbreviations

HMF

5-hydroxymethylfurfural

MRP

Maillard reaction product

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajeev K. Singla
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ashok K. Dubey
    • 1
  • Sara M. Ameen
    • 2
  • Shana Montalto
    • 3
  • Salvatore Parisi
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Biological Sciences and EngineeringNetaji Subhas Institute of TechnologyDwarkaIndia
  2. 2.Medical Research Laboratories, Faculty of ScienceHelwan UniversityCairoEgypt
  3. 3.Food Safety ConsultantFloridiaItaly
  4. 4.Industrial ConsultantPalermoItaly

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