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How Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Affect Belly Fat

Updated on September 29, 2011

Is there a connection between High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and Belly Fat?

The average American consumes approximately 136 pounds of added sugar in their diet, each year. About 57 pounds of this added sugar comes in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

Fructose is a natural sugar commonly found in fruits, but it is also a major component of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Most processed foods and commercially sweetened beverages contain HFCS because it’s an inexpensive sweetener. But can HFCS have unhealthy side effects on your body?

High Fructose Corn Syrup contains no fat or cholesterol, but it can play a significant role in increasing stomach fat, or belly fat as it is commonly called. If you want to know how to lose weight, the simple answer may be to eliminate high fructose corn syrup in your diet. HFCS causes the body to change the sugar into fat, triglycerides, and cholesterol. The difference between glucose and fructose is in how the body handles these two different types of sugar. HFCS increases triglycerides and LDL cholesterol.

HFCS and How to Lose Belly Fat

HFCS and How to Lose Belly Fat
HFCS and How to Lose Belly Fat

Researchers have known for a long time that consuming large amounts of fructose in the diet causes problems with cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Research has also shown that people who drink fructose-sweetened beverages have an increased incidence of abdominal fat. This higher rate of belly fat is linked with plenty of health problems and is major concern for many people. Excess belly fat is associated with high LDL cholesterol and high triglycerides, which are known to be risk factors for heart disease. For people who want to learn how to lose belly fat, the answer can often be found in eliminating HFCS.

High Fructose Corn Syrup includes any of several types of corn syrup that have gone through an enzymatic process to convert its glucose into fructose, which is then mixed with pure corn syrup (100% glucose) to obtain the desired level of sweetness. HFCS is used extensively in many processed and commercially prepared foods and beverages. HFCS is often used in place of sugar because it is considerably less expensive. The question is, how does this affect our health?

The process for producing HFCS was first developed in 1957, but it wasn’t until the late 1960’s that the process was refined for industrial production. By 1975 high fructose corn syrup was quickly becoming a standard ingredient in many commercially processed foods and beverages.

HFCS and How to Lose Belly Fat

Sweeteners - How to Lose Belly Fat
Sweeteners - How to Lose Belly Fat
Table Sugar - How to Lose Belly Fat
Table Sugar - How to Lose Belly Fat

If we look back to 1966, when Americans ate no HFCS, women under the age of 50 weighed approximately 27.5 pounds less than they do today; men under 50 weighed an average of 23.5 pounds less. This trend holds true for older adults as well, men between 50 and 59 are nearly 28 pounds heavier today, while age group from 60 to 74 showed an average increase of 33 pounds according the Center for Disease Control (CDC). What accounts for this significant increase in weight? If we change our food, can it help us to lose weight? If we reduce or eliminate our intake of HFCS will it help us to lose belly fat?

We all realize that too much sugar of any kind isn’t good for us, but some sugars may be worse than we realize. For example, too much fructose decreases the body’s response to the leptin’s, a protein hormone which plays a key role in regulating both appetite and metabolism. Fructose also increases your body’s tendency to store fat. So, when you eat foods containing high fructose corn syrup, what you end up consuming is a genetically modified food product that inhibits metabolism and appetite suppression while encouraging your body to store fat. Is it any wonder why Americans are getting fatter?

We’re certainly aware of the dangers of carrying excess weight and stomach fat; it’s time we learned how to lose belly fat fast. By losing weight, we reduce our risk of a number of health issues associated with excess belly fat.

HFCS and a Fat America


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  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    HFCS is not only addictive, it leads to so many problems. Once you begin drinking tea without sweetener or eating foods that do not have HFCS, your body will adjust and you will quit craving all those junk foods.

  • marketingbloke profile image


    7 years ago

    I hate this sort of stuff too, strictly tea for me..

  • auntieann profile image


    8 years ago from United Kingdom

    What's even more worrying is that HFCS's are thought to be addictive. What is being added to our foods? Great article!

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago

    Hi bayoulady, yes, unfortunately, HFCS is in most of our processed foods. It's downright scary at times :( Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • bayoulady profile image


    9 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

    lamme, good hub, and I confess I wasn't aware of some of the information you provided about high fructose corn syrup. I even saw the HFCS as an ingredeient in some frozen sausages last week.

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago

    Thanks akirchner! You totally get what I'm trying to say. I mean, how many ingredients should be in oatmeal pancakes? Wouldn't you expect to recognize ALL of them? Most people would just assume something as "healthy" sounding as oatmeal pancakes, must be good for you. Great job being a wise consumer. Thanks again for your great comments, it's always good to have you stop in.

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    9 years ago from Washington

    That is insane - but too true! I was at the store today and was hedging on buying an oatmeal pancake mix. I make most everything from scratch but my friend who is a CHEF told me that some of the mixes were really good. When I read the ingredients it totally ticked me off because amongst all the SUGARS that were the first things listed, there were a bunch of 'foreign substances' - like 16 - that I had no idea what they were! I just refuse to put those things in my body so decided as usual I'd just find the recipe I want for oat pancakes and go with natural! Thanks for pointing out very clearly ONE HUGE THING that is wrong with our food!

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago

    wow BKCreative ... you've hit the nail on the head! That's exactly what's going on, it's very scary.

  • BkCreative profile image


    9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    This was such a horror done to an unsuspecting public. What used to be sugar was just quietly changed to HFCS. And it's not just in sodas and bad juice drinks - it is in many of the cereals that we are encouraged to give to our children. Kellogg's cornflakes has this and many of their cereal products.

    It's totally up to us to be aware because our industrialized food corps. have no responsibility to us. It is just about profit.

    Great hub - rated up and more!

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago

    Shawn, you're right .... many fruit juices contain HFCS. Most consumers don't understand labeling, they'll see something that says juice and think it must be healthy. It's sad to see people consuming things that are bad for them and they actually think they're doing something healthy. Glad to hear you plan on sharing this with your wife. Thanks for your comments.

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    Shawn Scarborough 

    9 years ago from The Lone Star State

    This is a great hub, very informative. Some fruit juices have HFCS in them, often listed as the second or third ingredient. It is amazing the places HFCS is used.

    My wife loves anything with HFCS. I'm going to ask her to read this hub because I think it will help her understand why it is so bad.

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago

    Hi Pcunix, makes you wonder what else this soda has in it. People keep coming back for more ;) There are a lot of healthy choices. I usually give my kids a "juice spritzer", that's what we call it. 100% juice mixed with a little sparkling water and a slice of orange, lime, a strawberry, whatever we have on hand. Of course, you have to be careful with the amount of juice you drink, but a little can go a long way.

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    Tony Lawrence 

    9 years ago from SE MA

    I just do NOT understand why people drink this junk.

    We see them at the supermarket - half their cart filled with soda.

    We drink milk, water, juice, coffee and tea. No junk soda.


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