Reduction of acrylamide by taurine in aqueous and potato chip model systems

Dong Chul Shin, Cheong Tae Kim, Young Chul Lee, Woo Jong Choi, Young Jun Na, Kwang Won Lee

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Acrylamide in foods is mainly produced by Maillard reaction. Taurine can participate in the reaction, which has led us to investigate the possibility of reducing acrylamide formation by use of taurine. In an aqueous system, the lower the pH of the solution the greater the inhibition of acrylamide formation within a pH range of 5.0-8.0 was found, and the inhibition of acrylamide formation by taurine was dose-dependent. In a fried potato chip model, prior to frying at 170°C for 3. min, the potato slices soaked in 0.l% to 2% taurine solution for 30. min showed significant reductions of acrylamide formation; however, these reductions were not dose-dependent. Also, the soaking treatments for 15-60. min significantly reduced acrylamide formation, but the inhibitory effects were not time-dependent. Thus, taurine, when used in a narrow range of reasonably low levels, is a candidate to inhibit acrylamide formation during frying process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1356-1360
Number of pages5
JournalFood Research International
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Technology Development Program for Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Republic of Korea (ARPC; Grant 109140-03-SB010 ). The authors thank the Korea University Food Safety Center (Seoul, South Korea) for providing the equipment and facilities.


  • Acrylamide formation
  • Fried potato chips
  • Glycation
  • Maillard reaction
  • Taurine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science


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