Tamanna and N. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract Maillard reaction produces flavour and aroma during cooking process; and it is used almost everywhere from the baking industry to our day to day life to make food tasty. It is often called nonenzymatic browning reaction since it takes place in the absence of enzyme.

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Published08 Jan Abstract Maillard reaction produces flavour and aroma during cooking process; and it is used almost everywhere from the baking industry to our day to day life to make food tasty.

It is often called nonenzymatic browning reaction since it takes place in the absence of enzyme. When foods are being processed or cooked at high temperature, chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars leads to the formation of Maillard reaction products MRPs.

Depending on the way the food is being processed, both beneficial and toxic MRPs can be produced. Therefore, there is a need to understand the different types of MRPs and their positive or negative health effects. In this review we have summarized how food processing effects MRP formation in some of the very common foods. Introduction The Maillard reaction has been named after the French physicist and chemist Louis Camille Maillard — who initially described it.

It is often defined as nonenzymatic browning reaction. While foods are processed or cooked at high temperature, a chemical reaction occurs between amino acids and reducing sugars which generate different flavours and brown colour Figure 1.

So it is often used in food industry for giving food different taste, colour, and aroma. Based on literature, Hodge first described the steps involved in Maillard reaction products MRPs , also known as advanced glycation end-products AGEs , formation. The whole process of MRPs formation can be divided into three major stages depending on colour formation.

At the first stage, sugars and amino acid condense, and following condensation, Amadori rearrangement and 1-amino-1deoxy-2 ketose form. In the second stage, dehydration and fragmentation occur in the sugar molecules. Amino acids are also degraded in this stage. Hydroxymethylfurfural HMF fission products such as pyruvaldehyde and diacetyl are formed in this intermediate stage. This stage can be slight yellow or colourless.

In the final stage, aldol condensation occurs and finally the heterocyclic nitrogenous compounds form, melanoidins, which is highly coloured [ 1 ]. Maillard reaction can also take place in living organisms. It has been reported that some MRPs particularly melanoidins have beneficial effects on health such as antioxidative [ 2 ] and antibiotic [ 3 ] effects. However some reports have also suggested that MRPs such as high carboxymethyl lysine CML promote diabetes and cardiovascular diseases while acrylamide acts as a carcinogen [ 4 — 6 ].

There is an ever-increasing preference for instant meal rather than traditional cooking, especially among the new generation of people. It has been reported that people consuming high amount of processed meat, pizza, or snacks develop insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome compared to people having high intake of vegetables and low processed food [ 7 ].

MRPs that change during food processing might be one of the important factors for either disease progression or combating diseases. In this review, we have summarized the changes of MRPs which occur during processing of foods.

Soybean Processing and MRPs Formation Soybean is widely used as flours, grits, flakes, isolates, concentrates, and textured soya proteins and also as cooking oil. Soybeans play important role in cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and cancer [ 8 ]. So processing of soybean is an important factor for maintaining its nutritional quality. Cooking at high temperature may generate MRPs which can be good or bad for health. However, soybean must be processed before consumption.

They found that microwave heating for short time min generates high levels of acrylamide, whereas long time heating 3—5 min generates lower levels of acrylamide. During extrusion and infrared heating, acrylamide formation greatly increased with time and temperature. HMF level increased in all three processes with increased time and temperature and it was significantly higher in microwave treatment.

From the beginning of heat treatment, furosine level was higher in the extrusion and infrared treatment whereas in the microwave heating it was increased to maximum value after 3 min but at 4 min this value was similar with 2 min.

This might be due to the presence of moisture content since decreasing moisture was shown to be associated with elevated levels of MRPs in the extrusion and infrared heat treatment [ 9 ]. At present, a large percentage of the milk consumed by people, especially in the western countries, is processed rather than raw milk.

Ultra high temperature UHT treatment or conventional sterilization process is often used to process milk for improving quality and safety. Milk is rich in protein and sugar.

So it is obvious that processing of milk at high temperature may lead to the formation of MRPs. Several methods have been approached to determine the extent of MRPs during milk processing. Both initial and advanced staged MRPs have been used as indicators of browning reaction which occurred in milk [ 11 , 12 ].

MRP formation affects protein and mineral bioavailability greatly. In the early stages, lactose in milk blocks the amino group of lysine to form the Amadori product called lactulosyllysine which changes the protein bioavailability [ 13 ]. It is also known that MRPs may behave as chelating agents to chelate metal cations by forming different soluble and insoluble complexes and thereby can affect mineral bioavailability [ 14 ].

So processing of milk by heat-treatment requires attention, especially for the infants, as milk is the sole source of nutrients at that stage of life. It has been reported that conventional sterilized bottle milk has different chemical composition compared to the UHT treated milk [ 15 ].

However, milk processed at UHT may have different levels of HMF [ 16 ] due to the presence of some other factors such as vitamin A, casein, and iron [ 17 ]. So during milk processing, along with heat treatment, other relevant factors should be considered for preserving the nutritious value.

A recent study has shown that use of enzymes like Faox I and Faox II might inhibit Maillard reaction development [ 18 ]. Pasta Processing and MRPs Pasta is considered one of the healthy foods suited to balanced diet; and its consumption is becoming increasingly high throughout the world. Pasta has different varieties and shapes. Till , different types of both dried and fresh pasta have been documented [ 19 ]. Although an Italian law exists for making high quality pasta [ 20 ], different steps of pasta processing cycle such as mixing, kneading, shaping, and drying can affect the pasta quality.

Among these four steps, drying is most important for the quality of the product. So for time management and to increase the production rate, high-temperature short-time drying processes have been widely preferred. While pasta is processed at high temperature, it brings benefits in terms of productivity, cost, colour intensity, and nutritious value [ 21 ].

Moreover, application of high drying temperatures in pasta increases firmness and decreases stickiness [ 22 ]. Besides these beneficial effects, high heat treatment leads to the formation of MRPs that ultimately can change flavor, color, functional properties, and nutritional value [ 23 ]. Furosine is widely used as pasta quality assessment. It has been reported that pasta processed at high temperature had decreased level of total carotenoid level [ 24 ].

Along with furosine, maltulose is also proposed as a maker for pasta quality assessment [ 25 ]. Meat is cooked at high temperature either by frying, roasting, and boiling or in oven. While positive correlations have been found between the intakes of HCAs from foods and increased risk of various types of human cancer [ 27 — 29 ], some other studies have not found any correlation between HCAs and cancer risk [ 30 — 32 ].

Several studies have demonstrated that processes like frying and broiling can cause the formation of high amounts of HCAs [ 27 , 33 — 35 ]. On contrary, these HCAs produce different flavour and tastes in foods. Heterocyclic compounds such as pyrazine, oxazole, and thiazoles are primarily responsible for forming flavour in roasted compound.

During high heat treatment and grilling process, pyrazines level significantly increased [ 36 ]. It is suggested that the alkylpyrizne is formed via the condensation of two alpha amino ketone molecules derived from the Strecker degradation [ 37 ], which is an intermediate of Maillard reaction pathway.

In processed food, more than 25 types of heterocyclic amines HCA have been identified [ 38 ]. A study has shown that when duck meat was cooked by charcoal grilling, deep-frying, roasting, microwave cooking, pan frying, or boiling, MRPs were higher in the pan frying process compared to the other four methods of cooking.

Liao et al. However in another study, it has been found that both charcoal grilled duck and chicken breast had high level of HCAs compared to pan fried meat. They found that roasting decreases HCAs significantly [ 40 ]. In another study, beef steak and hamburger patties were processed by pan-frying, oven-broiled, and grilled or barbecued to four levels of doneness rare, medium, well cooked, or very well cooked [ 41 ].

Beef roasts were processed on oven by rare, medium, and well cooking. They measured five different HCAs. The level of 2-amino-3,4-dimethylimidazo 4,5- quinoline was higher in well-cooked steak and hamburger patties. Like duck and chicken roast, roasting beef did not contain any of the 5 HCAs, but the gravy made from the drippings from well-done roasts had two types of HCAs [ 41 ].

From the three different studies, it can be suggested that roasting of meat chicken, duck, and beef generates less amount of HCAs compared to other methods. In recent days, people consume more ready-to-eat food due to lack of time. Puangsombat et al. They found that HCAs were higher in rotisserie chicken skin. In the other assessed food, HCA level was found in the order as follows: rotisserie chicken meat, deli meat products, and pepperoni [ 42 ].

However, it has been reported that commercially cooked meats and restaurant meats contain low amounts of HCAs [ 43 , 44 ]. Coffee Bean Processing and MRPs As a beverage, coffee is an important item in the lives of billions of people and is also one of the most traded food products in the world.

The brewed coffee has emerged as the second most consumed drink after water [ 45 , 46 ]. The desirable fragrance of coffee beverages develops during roasting procedures. Even though roasting decreases coffee bean carbohydrates, protein, and lipid level, the level of caffeine remains relatively stable on roasting. MRPs, caffeine, nicotinic acid, and some other components of coffee bean protect teeth from Streptococcus mutans which is considered to be the major causative agent of dental caries in humans [ 49 ].

However, processing method plays an important role in dictating the magnitude of the beneficial health effects obtained from fruits and vegetables. Depending on treatment temperature, furoylmethyl derivatives FM have been found in processed vegetables and fruits like orange juices [ 50 ] and processed tomato products [ 51 ] and also in dehydrated carrots [ 52 ].

It has been shown that dehydrated carrot contains significantly high amount of FM compared to carrot juices, baby carrot, or tinned carrot. It is suggested that processing time during the heat treatment plays an important role for FM formation [ 52 ]. Dueik and Bouchon have reported that, by vacuum frying of carrot chips, potato and apple slices can help to retain their total carotenoids and ascorbic acid levels significantly [ 53 ].

When vegetables are treated at low temperature, prooxidants are generated, whereas treating at high temperature decreases the prooxidants and increases antioxidant properties due to the production of MRPs [ 54 ]. Such antioxidant activity of the MRPs comes from the high molecular weight brown compounds that are formed in the advanced stages of the reaction [ 54 ]. However, it should be mentioned here that MRPs can also exhibit prooxidant properties [ 55 , 56 ]. Plant derived products, such as fruits and vegetables, produce many endogenous phenolic compounds during postharvest handling and processing.

These compounds are oxidized by oxidoreductase enzymes like polyphenoloxidases PPOs and tyrosinases.


Acrylamide from Maillard reaction products

History[ edit ] In , Maillard published a paper describing the reaction between amino acids and sugars at elevated temperatures. Hodge , with the U. Department of Agriculture , established a mechanism for the Maillard reaction. It contributes to the darkened crust of baked goods , the golden-brown color of French fries and other crisps, of malted barley as found in malt whiskey and beer, and the color and taste of dried and condensed milk , dulce de leche , the Sri Lankan confection milk toffee , black garlic , chocolate , and roasted peanuts.


Acrylamide from Maillard reaction products.

That reaction? The Maillard Reaction. The main stages, and some of the different classes of products, are summarised in this graphic. The Maillard reaction takes its name from French chemist Louis-Camille Maillard, who originally described the reaction between amino acids and sugars in In , American chemist John E Hodge published a mechanism for the different steps of the reaction, categorising its stages and identifying a range of the different products produced as a result of these. He identified the first stage as being the reaction between the sugar and the amino acid; this produced a glycosylamine compound, which in the second step rearranged to produce a ketosamine. The final stage consists of this compound reacting in a number of ways to produce several different compounds, which can themselves react to produce further products.

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