Research › BBSRC LINK: Genetic improvement of wheat to reduce the potential for acrylamide formation during processing
The presence of acrylamide in foods is now recognized as a difficult problem for the agricultural and food industries. Acrylamide is classified as probably carcinogenic to humans, based on its carcinogenic action in rodents; it also has neurological and reproductive effects. Cereals, of which wheat is the most important, generate half of the acrylamide in the European diet. The thermal degradation of free asparagine in the presence of reducing sugars (glucose, fructose and maltose) during the Maillard reaction has been shown to be the major route for acrylamide formation and the limiting factor in wheat products is free asparagine.
› Dhan Bhandari - AHDB-HGCA
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