Degradation mechanisms: 75 % of the Maillard degradation pathways of ascorbic acid can be explained by oxidative α fragmentation (31 %), β cleavage (32 %), and decarboxylation from hydrate/hemiaminal intermediates (12 %), which lead to carbonyl and dicarbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids, and amide advanced glycation endproducts. The results are a major step forward in the understanding of changes occurring in systems containing vitamin C.
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