Alpha-Dicarbonyl Compounds

  • Jie Zheng
  • Juanying Ou
  • Shiyi OuEmail author


α-Dicarbonyl compounds (α-DCs), which act as precursors for advanced glycation end products in foods and in vivo, are toxic compounds formed from carbohydrates via caramelization and the Maillard reactions during thermal processing of foods. This chapter introduces the species, formation pathways, and analytical methods of α-dicarbonyl compounds, and their occurrence in foods. Their mitigation strategies in foods are also discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Food Science and EngineeringJinan UniversityGuangzhouChina

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