Here's why bacon smells irresistible

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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.

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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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