While total calories do contribute to increases in diabetes rates around the world, they don’t explain the whole story. When scientists dug deeper to find out what it is that people are eating that’s contributing most to the global crisis in obesity and obesity-related diseases, it turns out that a calorie isn’t always just a calorie. The truth is it’s the increase in total fats and carbohydrates that we’re consuming that’s causing the massive weight gain in people around the world.
What’s more, there’s just one food on Earth that, because of its unique composition, metabolizes in the body as both fats and carbohydrates—and that product is sugar. We get sugar in two forms, glucose and fructose. But don’t be fooled: when it comes to sugar, the claim you hear on TV, that “sugar is sugar” no matter what form it’s in, is a misstatement that literally can kill you. Fructose is NOT the same as glucose, and the body not only knows this, but processes it differently than glucose, sending it straight to the liver, where it’s every bit as damaging as alcohol and other toxins.