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A Picture of HFCS and Obesity…or Two [Infographics]


High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is nasty…cut it out.

Although the rise in obesity can’t solely be attributed to increased high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumption, there’s no doubt that HFCS has been one of the major factors.

You can find the full story explaining how insulin, carbs, and HFCS impact weight loss here, but I’ll quickly recap why HFCS is so bad for the body.

The HFCS Story:

  • There are many different types of sugar, a few include: lactose, which is found in dairy products; fructose, which is found in fruits; and glucose, which is a product of carbohydrate breakdown. These sugars are not chemically identical and have much different effects on the body’s blood sugar levels. Most fruits have a relatively low glycemic index value (low glycemic index foods raise blood sugar levels at a slower rate). Even though they’re high in sugar, they’re slower digesting because they’re primarily composed of fructose (which digests slower than other types of sugar).
  • Sugar is made up of 50% fructose and 50% glucose. HFCS is a chemical meant to imitate sugar that’s made up of a higher % of fructose depending on the type (hence the name “high fructose”). Typical HFCS is 55% fructose, 45% glucose, but some variations can go as high as 92% fructose.
  • The main issue with HFCS is that our body–in particularly the liver–isn’t used to processing such a high % of fructose in normal sugar.
  • The high fructose component of HFCS is sent directly to the liver and completely bypasses the bloodstream. In the 1000 years of existence our liver has never had to deal with such a high amount of fructose in sugar. It doesn’t know what to do with it, thus it converts it into fat immediately.
  • What’s even worse is that because HFCS skips the bloodstream it has no effect on our hunger levels and we keep eating more and more. Because we never get any hungrier this creates an endless cycle of HFCS consumption, fat gain, and ultimately obesity.

The rest of the story in pictures…



HFCS Obesity

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Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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