Toxic Lipids & Carbohydrates
- There is no relationship between toxic lipids and toxic carbohydrates; each substance arrives in the body through different means and has different effects on humans.
- Some toxic lipids are formed by oxidation reactions that occur during fat metabolism. Other toxic lipids are ingested and are poisonous due to biomagnifications, the accumulation of toxins in the flesh of organisms.
- Low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) in the bloodstream can be damaged by toxic lipids and increase your risk of plaque buildup and atherosclerosis.
- Recent studies by Oregon State University have found that some antioxidants, such as vitamin C, neutralize the harmful effects of toxic lipids. However, the same study showed that vitamin C may also be present in DNA-damaging compounds.
- Lectins are carbohydrates found in plants than can be toxic if consumed under certain conditions, such as in raw red kidney beans. Ingestion of lectins can lead to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
- Ethanol, the chemical contained in alcoholic beverages, is toxic to body cells. Consumption of too much ethanol can lead to liver disease, pancreatitis or cancer.