Why Pizza Taste So Damn Good

The Maillard Reaction

#Food

Wed, Oct 15th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

On their latest episode, Reactions looks at the chemical reactions that take place inside of a pizza that cause your brain pleasure centres to go into overdrive.

Whether it’s a plain cheese, a deep-dish stacked with meats or a thin-crust veggie delight, there’s just something about pizza that makes it delicious. There’s a lot of chemistry that goes into everything from dough to sauce to toppings to, of course, cheese. There’s also a very specific chemical reaction at work on every single slice, no matter what toppings you choose.

It's called the Maillard Reaction, and it's what causes the browning of the dough and toppings, as well as the release of some delicious compounds.

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