Dr. Richard Johnson, an expert in leptin resistance, was one of the first medical professionals to point out how consuming fructose flips a powerful biological switch that causes us to gain weight.
Metabolically, the “fat switch” was highly beneficial to human development. It allowed us to survive periods of food scarcity. Now that food is overly abundant, our fat switch no longer has a biological advantage. In fact, it’s working against us.
In his critically acclaimed book, The Fat Switch, Dr. Johnson explains how “death by sugar” is not an all-out exaggeration. The astonishing amount of fructose, from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), in the typical American diet, combined with a more sedentary lifestyle, is the leading cause of diabetes.
The Fat Switch explains that both glucose and fructose are carbohydrates, commonly called simple sugars. Sugar is found naturally in whole foods and is added to processed foods to sweeten them and increase flavor. Your taste buds can’t tell the difference between these sugars, but your body knows.
Regular sugar is 50 percent glucose. Our bodies can uses glucose for energy. Not the case with fructose.
When our bodies digest fructose it creates a stew of toxins that can devastate your health. The Fat Switch tells us how fructose:
- Leads to insulin resistance, the underlying factor in type 2 diabetes.
- Elevates uric acid, causing inflammation and paving the way for hypertension, kidney disease, and fatty liver.
- Tricks your body into gaining weight by deceiving your metabolism.
- Rapidly leads to metabolic syndrome, or weight gain and abdominal obesity.
- Metabolizes like ethanol, causing non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases.
Are you beginning to see the big picture?
We’re poisoning our bodies with fructose. It’s the number one cause of type 2 diabetes in the United States. Right behind it is refined sugar from sugar cane and sugar beets.
Americans are beginning to get the message. The consumption of HFCS is on the way down. In 2015, the The U.S. per capita consumption of high fructose corn syrup was 42.5 pounds compared to 58.9 pounds in year 2005. Still, we’re consuming more than 3.5 pounds of this poison, per person, per month.
IMPORTANT: Read food labels before you buy. The food industry does its best to trick us into eating their poison. Many foods marked “Sugar-Free” are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, giving us a false sense that the product is better for us that one with real sugar. This is a LIE that’s designed to trick and deceive consumers.
The commentary on BloodSugarBasics.com is meant to supplement your knowledge of type 2 diabetes, its cause, and healthy lifestyle changes that can lead to recovery. All diabetic patients should follow the professional medical advice of their healthcare team, including nutrition, physical activity, testing and medication.