Effect of raw potato composition on acrylamide formation in potato chips Academic Article uri icon


  • Recent studies have shown that subjecting foods to high temperatures during cooking processes such as frying gives rise to the formation of acrylamide. Several factors including product composition and processing conditions affect the rate of formation of this chemical in starch-rich foods. Low reducing sugar and the amino acid asparagine content is desired when cooking because the formation of acrylamide is attributed to the Maillard reaction that occurs between these food components. The cultivar 'Atlantic' was used to determine the effect of potato components (reducing sugars and asparagine) on acrylamide content during frying in a traditional fryer. A model system was developed by infusing leached potato slices with predetermined amounts of glucose and asparagine. Increasing glucose and asparagine content in the slices increased the acrylamide content in the potato chips. Color could not be used as an indication of acrylamide content because potato chips with similar color had very different acrylamide concentrations. 2005 Institute of Food Technologists.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Granda, C., Moreira, R. G., & Castell-Perez, E.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Granda, C||Moreira, RG||Castell-Perez, E

publication date

  • November 2005