The importance of food for endotoxemia and an inflammatory response

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Bacterial endotoxin is a potent inflammatory antigen abundant in the human intestine. Endotoxins circulate in the blood at low concentrations in all healthy individuals. Elevated levels of circulatory endotoxins may cause inflammation with the development of chronic disease, either affecting metabolism, neurological disease, or resistance to viral and bacterial infections. The most important endotoxin is LPS, being a superantigen. In this narrative review, the effect of various food components to postprandially elevate circulating LPS and inflammatory markers is described. There is evidence that the intake of food enriched in fat, in particular saturated fat, may elevate LPS and pro-inflammatory markers. This occurs in both normal-weight and obese subjects. In obese subjects, inflammatory markers are already elevated before meal consumption. The importance of food choice for endotoxemia and inflammatory response is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9562
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Sep 1

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Physiology
  • Microbiology in the medical area


  • Meat
  • Obesity
  • Plant-based diet
  • Saturated fat
  • Virus
  • Western diet


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