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Here's why bacon smells irresistible

Here's Why Bacon Smells Irresistible

Bacon. Just looking at it can make your mouth water.

But we all know it's the sweet, smoky smell that has the power to get you moving when your alarm simply can't.

Now, thanks to teams at Compound Interest and the American Chemical Society, we know what gives bacon its superpower.

But it's reportedly not just one aromatic ingredient. It's 150 organic compounds working together to make your breakfast - or burger - as appealing as possible.


According to American Chemical Society it all starts with the Maillard reaction. "And it's basically what causes anything you cook, like steaks, breads, dumplings and so on, to turn brown."

NBC adds some context, saying, "It's actually a series of reactions (not specific to just bacon), named after French scientist Louis-Camille Maillard, who was the first to study this food chemistry in the early 1900s."

The Maillard reaction combines with the fatty bacon to produce aromatic hydrocarbons and ​aldehydes. The report says when pyridines, which give off a meaty smell, combine with those compounds, "They become the major contributor to bacon-y goodness."​

But remember, there are 150 organic compounds creating that smell. Compound Interest says, "It's perhaps a little disappointing that it's not a lone compound that is responsible for bacon's aroma."

And a Los Angeles Times reporter responded by saying what we were already thinking: "In other words, it sounds like there's room for further study. My big question is: How do you get a job like that?"

My big question: How soon can I get some bacon? No, seriously, though.

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ajhill355tx May 30 2014 at 7:41 AM

Your tax money at work!
Yet another example of people getting paid for answering questions no one asked in the first place.

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pipe412 May 30 2014 at 11:49 AM

Just don't study bacon to the point that you find it causes cancer or some other life threatening disease. Please leave bacon alone.

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sulandherb pipe412 May 30 2014 at 3:43 PM

that's already been done. but do remember, you have to die of something, might as well go burping bacon :)

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cafebeege pipe412 May 30 2014 at 4:20 PM

I used to enjoy it before industrialized farming. Now all I can think of is the suffering that we humans have started to put these innocent animals through UNecessarily that we didn't before ...... now even the look of it in a package disgusts me.

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GUNSLINGER May 30 2014 at 9:29 AM

Cook bacon 24-7 at Club GitMo, let the scum inhale it.

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rpersuhn May 30 2014 at 10:02 AM

Allah says bacon tastes good

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dworkenlaw1 May 30 2014 at 11:38 AM

Excuse me, ma'am, he says to the waitress.

May I please have a side of bacon with my bacon.

And while you're at it, make it a double order on the side.

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truthnocharge May 30 2014 at 1:30 PM

Why is there an AOL posting site where nearly 100% of anyone
who wants to post a comment is allowed to do so
But the HUFF site only allows nearly 100% of Liberals only to post comments..?
Why do Liberals boast being "inclusive" to all
But then only allow their like thinking Liberal pals to post comments?
Does the Webster Dictionary spell / describe Liberals as H.I.P.P.O.C.R.A.T.S..?
Just wondering -------- Why.

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Mary Beth truthnocharge May 30 2014 at 8:33 PM

So not true, or your comment wouldn't have made it.

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klw4919 truthnocharge May 30 2014 at 10:04 PM

The answer to your question is very simple. The Huffington Post requires that you register in order to promote "more civil, responsible discourse" ( eliminating anonymous opinions in the process)
It is a forum wherein "liberals" (those people who want to silence all opposition) feel comfortable spreading their lies while at the same time viciously attacking people who oppose their lies. Make no mistake. The Huffington Post and the other leftist entity they have partnered with are keeping track of your comments and deciding whose opinions you will be allowed to read. That way, they inhibit comments made by conservative readers who are afraid that at some point their opinions will come back to haunt them or possibly even hurt them. These communications can always be subpoenaed by a court just like email, can't they?
Beware the government/media complex.

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posthuf May 30 2014 at 11:45 AM

>"...it sounds like there's room for further study."<

At TAXPAYER expense!!

But then, if you don't like bacon you're wrong!

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Kate posthuf May 30 2014 at 12:50 PM

This was a private study.

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msnikki73 May 30 2014 at 12:23 PM

Bacon smells good because it smells like bacon.

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Mary Beth msnikki73 May 30 2014 at 8:31 PM

You are 100% correct

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are2900 May 30 2014 at 3:25 PM

All I have to say is the Hell with the healthy Police I want some bacon' ...

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Rob May 30 2014 at 11:06 AM

We don't need to spend tax money on this drivel. Most people know bacon smells good - do we need some scientist getting a grant to explain why? No. Everyone knows a stink bug smells bad. Waste of a good mind and good money - or borrowed money.

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