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From the Chem Lab to the Kitchen
Here's How the Maillard Reaction Works
An explanation of the chemical reaction that creates that delicious browning.
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Key Facts In This Video
The Maillard reaction is named after the French chemist Louis Camille Maillard, who first described how sugars and amino acids combine to create numerous flavors. 00:33
Here are some examples of the thousands of different flavor compounds created by the Maillard reaction. 00:45
Humans may have evolved to enjoy these compounds because of the evolutionary benefits of cooking meat. 01:21
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