Fructose has been implicated in numerous inflammatory disease processes including eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, gout, ADHD, Alzheimer's, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and insulin-dependent diabetes.
Fructose is absorbed differently from glucose in the intestinal tract.
Glucose stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreas. Fructose doesn't. Instead of insulin, cells use glut-5 transporter to move fructose into cells. Most cells only have very limited amounts of this transporter, so it's primarily cleared by the liver, where it's easily transformed either into fat or components that eventually increase blood lipids like triglycerides.
And, fructose has a toxicity factor beyond its caloric equivalent.
I'm not sure the research is so definitive to state that commercial fructose is the sole or primary cause of our obesity problem, but I won't be the least bit surprised if that's proven to be true in the near future. It does, however, appear to be the physiological passageway through which obesity progresses to increased insulin resistance and then full-blown metabolic syndrome. Add this to the increase in other highly refined carbohydrates, like wheat products, and we have a disaster in the making.
Something in the way fructose is metabolized causes inflammation systemwide... that is the reason for the inflammatory response in the body.
I used to have psoriasis, not very severe, but I had it. Since I have cut out all fructose that I can recognize, I have smooth skin: no psoriasis.
For those of you that can't get out of your fructose addiction, I will post a new external solution that is both cheap and has shown great results, in the next article.