An aldehyde that occurs widely in nature and considered important as an industrial chemical. Also known as ethanal, it can be found in a variety of plant-based foods and in the environment including air, smoke and ground water.

Acetaldehyde is toxic, causing irritation of the skin, mucous membranes and respiratory tract, muscle deformation, DNA damage and cancer. It is produced by the liver as one of the products of alcohol metabolism and one of contributors to hangovers from alcohol consumption.

In humans, acetaldehyde is broken down into acetic acid by the liver.


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