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Thu Oct 19, 2023, 01:11 PM Oct 2023

What Drives Obesity - Diets High in Fat? Carbohydrates? Actually, It's Everything - and Fructose Is at the Center [View all]

A new study led by CU Anschutz researcher Richard Johnson, MD, unifies a number of hypotheses behind the dietary cause of obesity that once seemed incompatible
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Written by Kelsea Pieters on October 17, 2023

Nutrition experts have recognized for many years that Western diets rich in fats and sugar may be behind the cause of obesity, but debate has reigned over the primary culprit - intake of too many calories? Specific foods such as carbohydrates or fat? This has led to some groups recommending reducing sugar, some reducing carb intake, while others believe the key is reducing high fat-foods.

A paper published today in the research journal Obesity suggests these theories are not incompatible with each other, and that they can all be brought together in one unified pathway that centers around one true driver: fructose.

According to Richard Johnson, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus researcher, and his colleagues, the primary problem in obesity is fructose, which is present in table sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Fructose can also be made in the body from carbohydrates (particularly glucose). When fructose is metabolized, it lowers the active energy in the body (known as ATP, or adenosine triphosphate) which causes hunger and food intake.

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Interesting, thanks. Nt spooky3 Oct 2023 #1
Carbs IN ANY FORM are MOMFUDSKI Oct 2023 #2
Not entirely true. Caliman73 Oct 2023 #4
But your body can create glucose. Happy Hoosier Oct 2023 #5
Agreed. Caliman73 Oct 2023 #6
Veggies have carbs but also fiber redqueen Oct 2023 #12
Yup, Veggies have fiber that also make it "slow carbs" that don't spike your blood sugar. nt mitch96 Oct 2023 #59
This message was self-deleted by its author elocs Oct 2023 #9
All points well taken. MOMFUDSKI Oct 2023 #26
This message was self-deleted by its author elocs Oct 2023 #10
Not exactly. The culprit is mostly simple carbs that get metabolized too quickly. tinrobot Oct 2023 #21
Lost weight on Keto AND Complex Carb diets Cetacea Oct 2023 #22
Blue zones eat 60 to 65% complex carbs Quixote1818 Oct 2023 #51
nonsense Skittles Oct 2023 #62
This is long but right on point. GumboYaYa Oct 2023 #3
Readf the whole thing...Thanks! superpatriotman Oct 2023 #8
"They are in the addiction business." redqueen Oct 2023 #13
No doubt exboyfil Oct 2023 #17
I don't agree that diabetes can be cured. MOMFUDSKI Oct 2023 #28
Apologies, type 2 adult onset can be cured redqueen Oct 2023 #31
As a person with type 2 diabetes mellitus for 33 years, TexLaProgressive Oct 2023 #33
Did you try fasting? redqueen Oct 2023 #38
Fasting helped a bit in the beginning TexLaProgressive Oct 2023 #49
This part redqueen Oct 2023 #50
Why? TexLaProgressive Oct 2023 #57
Ok I get it now, I was misreading redqueen Oct 2023 #58
OMG MorbidButterflyTat Oct 2023 #54
The most I've done is a 5-day fast redqueen Oct 2023 #55
In my case early stage was I think cured exboyfil Oct 2023 #44
Outstanding! redqueen Oct 2023 #48
I love my Keto doctor exboyfil Oct 2023 #18
I could probably call my diabetes cured MOMFUDSKI Oct 2023 #29
"They are in the addiction business.", yup. High fructos corn syrup, salt and fat is their combo...Want lo fat? mitch96 Oct 2023 #60
This message was self-deleted by its author elocs Oct 2023 #11
He is great Tree Lady Oct 2023 #19
I know from years of personal experience, that eliminating wheat and sugar leaves me happier lindysalsagal Oct 2023 #7
Yep, once your body burns through the carbs redqueen Oct 2023 #14
A profound lack of exercise by far too Americans is endemic as well. I was gobsmacked at utter disdain for simply walking a bit more that was present in many places. Celerity Oct 2023 #15
Very true when you visit overseas Tree Lady Oct 2023 #20
True that spinbaby Oct 2023 #56
I do Keto exboyfil Oct 2023 #16
So sorry for your loss redqueen Oct 2023 #24
Try Avocado Oil Deep State Witch Oct 2023 #30
I will give Avocado oil a try exboyfil Oct 2023 #39
No Problem Deep State Witch Oct 2023 #40
I like that oil.... Happy Hoosier Oct 2023 #53
Keto worked for me too... Happy Hoosier Oct 2023 #35
You're Lucky You Can Have a Slice Deep State Witch Oct 2023 #41
When I had been on Keto for a while... Happy Hoosier Oct 2023 #46
I may try that Deep State Witch Oct 2023 #61
Me too exboyfil Oct 2023 #42
Yep... I get the same thing about LDL from my GP. Happy Hoosier Oct 2023 #47
Toss in sitting too farking much and voila! JanMichael Oct 2023 #23
Lots of requests for standing desks at my office. redqueen Oct 2023 #25
It's funny you should mention that JanMichael Oct 2023 #32
I've heard that too, but.... Happy Hoosier Oct 2023 #36
it kills me how many people claim they have "no time" to exercise Skittles Oct 2023 #63
I worked for a beverage distributor in the 80s and questioned fructose. It was in New York Seltzer that brewens Oct 2023 #27
HFCS is the sputum of the industrial GMO & glyphosate corporate cornholing of the planet Windicator Oct 2023 #37
I reserve judgement since I cannot read and study the study TexLaProgressive Oct 2023 #34
Read the labels Marthe48 Oct 2023 #43
Yes exboyfil Oct 2023 #45
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