Why Does Bacon Smell So Good?

Do you really care about the question, “Why does bacon smell so good?”

I suppose when you’ve got a heaping pile of crispy bacon in front of you, you won’t have the time or inclination to ponder on the chemistry of the aroma of bacon. But, since I don’t smell any bacon frying right now, I have the time to geek out a little bit and look into the reason underlying the aroma of bacon.

So, why does bacon smell so good? Here’s the answer: volatile compounds present in bacon.

A quick rundown of these compounds: hydrocarbons, alcohols, ketones and aldehydes (present in large quantities in both the bacon and pork aromas).

And, some nitrogen-containing compounds found exclusively in bacon: 2,5-dimethylpyrazine, 2,3-dimethylpyrazine, 2-ethyl-5-methylpyrazine and 2-ethyl-3,5-dimethylpyrazine.

Chemistry geeks, are you getting this?

For a more visual experience, here you go:

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To add a little more fun, here’s a video based off the graphic above.


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Freelance writer and wannabe beach bum; ditched her day job as an English teacher for writing and has not regretted it a single bit. When not writing, Noemi can be found on the road, hoping to encounter the dragon of her dreams. Yes, she's into fantasy novels, gadgets, and practically anything that catches her interest. Shiny!

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