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Monday, November 10, 2008

What is Oxidation?

Oxidation happens when oxygen molecules interact with other substances. For instance, an apple that has been freshly cut will turn brown due to the process of oxidation – oxygen molecules touching the skin of the apple. This same process causes rust on an automobile. Oxidation actually happens on a molecular level when oxygen and the material it touches react to each other chemically. What we see are the effects of oxidation – which causes free radicals to break away and can turn fruit brown.

Oxidation on food can be stopped by a barrier surface, such as lemon juice, that will stop the oxygen from reaching the free radicals.

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