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Meat Sci. 2010 Sep;86(1):86-94. doi: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2010.04.025. Epub 2010 May 31.

Myoglobin and lipid oxidation interactions: mechanistic bases and control.

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Department of Animal Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA.


Lipid oxidation and myoglobin oxidation in meat lead to off-flavor development and discoloration, respectively. These processes often appear to be linked and the oxidation of one of these leads to the formation of chemical species that can exacerbate oxidation of the other. Several investigators have reported preservation of fresh meat color following the inclusion of antioxidant ingredients. An understanding of the complementary oxidation interaction provides a basis for explaining quality deterioration in meat and also for developing strategies to maintain optimal sensory qualities.

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