University of Colorado, Department of Medicine – Does Nature Want Us to Be Fat?


After nearly 40 years of research, Richard Johnson, MD, a professor of medicine in the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension, presents compelling evidence on the discovery of a fructose-powered “survival switch” in his newly published book, “Nature Wants Us to Be Fat.”

This survival switch is a metabolic pathway that animals in nature turn on and off to store fat as needed. However, Johnson presents in his book the hypothesis that the human modern diet has fixed the switch into the “on” position, and is not only responsible for excess fat storage, but is also a primary contributor to major diseases including heart disease, cancer and dementia.

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