There’s something special about fructose. It’s not just a calorie. This led us to try to figure out why… It was a big challenge to figure out how fructose was causing diabetes and obesity through a mechanism that doesn’t really require excessive calorie intake.”
Fructose Metabolizes Differently than Other Sugars
Fructose is a sugar, just like glucose. But when it’s metabolized, it’s actually very different from glucose, and this makes all the difference in the world in terms of weight and health.
While all cells use some energy in the process of metabolizing food, whether it’s fat or sugar, fructose uses up so much energy that the cell becomes energy-depleted. As a result, the cell stops functioning normally and starts to develop an inflammatory response, also known as oxidative stress.
In a nutshell, a high-fructose diet causes chronic inflammation in your body, which glucose does not do.
“We found that when the energy is depleted… the ATP levels fell (ATP is our energy source). The ATP that had been consumed broke down. Suddenly, a substance called uric acid formed. Uric acid is the substance that we know can cause gout, but it’s been long associated with obesity… It wasn’t really thought that the uric acid might have a role in obesity. This was a big challenge, because no one really wanted to believe that, but what we were able to show is that uric acid can actually stimulate fat accumulation in cells through this process of working on the mitochondria where the ATP is made,” Dr. Johnson explains.
I strongly recommend you listen to this interview in its entirety, or read through the transcript. In it, Dr. Johnson also discusses other recent research that backs up the theories discussed above.
I have written about the dangers of sugar for a long time, and of course, variables like exercise and calorie intake play a role in obesity, but I am fully convinced that if we can educate the public about the primary role fructose holds in creating obesity, we can actually reverse and eventually help to eliminate the obesity epidemic.
So please, keep learning, and keep sharing this information with your family and friends. I also highly recommend reading Dr. Johnson’s new book, The Fat Switch, which by the way is published by Mercola.com, as it offers tremendous insight into what’s really making you gain weight, and why it’s so difficult to lose.
The obesity trend will not magically reverse itself – it will require each and every one of you to become educated, savvy consumers, and it will require that you bring back home cooking; using fresh, whole, organic foods.