Scientists Explain Why Bacon Smells So Damn Good

Published May 30, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014

It’s not your glut and growing gut that makes bacon smell so great, it’s the Maillard reaction, or the chemical reaction that causes foods to turn brown while baking. When you throw the meat into the pan, sugars react to the amino acids and create bacon’s inimitable scent.

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