Article reprinted from azcentral.com
While it’s common knowledge that sugary foods shouldn’t be a staple of our daily diet, there’s a secret most of us don’t know: Sugar is everywhere.
Literally, it’s everywhere. Soda and chips. Salad dressing and granola bars. If it’s packaged or processed, it has sugar in some form.
And one Valley doctor is signaling just how dangerous it all is.
In his book “Sugar Crush,” Dr. Richard Jacoby outlines in detail just how the sugar-laden American diet is gradually causing a host of otherwise preventable diseases. From type 2 diabetes to migraines, sinus trouble to neuropathy, the role of sugar can’t be ignored.
“Eighty percent of the food in the United States has high fructose corn syrup in it,” Jacoby said. “It tastes great. It’s addicting. It’s also making us fat and sick.”
Based in Scottsdale, Dr. Jacoby is one a leading peripheral nerve surgeon and specializes in treating peripheral neuropathy. He was a co-founder of the Scottsdale Healthcare Wound Management Center, and now practices at the Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute. Jacoby is a diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a member of the American Podiatry Association, the Arizona Podiatry Association, and the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons.
Jacoby began researching the root cause of his patients’ neuropathy. Once he began talking to researchers in other fields, and finding common issues, “Sugar Crush” was born. The book explains in plain language why sugar is so harmful, how it degrades nerves and causes inflammation and pain, and how we can all reverse the damage by making a change in our diet.
Based on his research, Jacoby estimates that up to 19 million Americans have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. In the book, he also offers connections between sugar and a host of diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s and autism.
“Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in 1031 when he proved that fructose causes cancer,” Jacoby said. “We’ve known this stuff for years. Why don’t we know it today?”
Acknowledging that Americans have been “educated into ignorance” about nutrition and health, Jacoby’s book outlines the health issues that can be remedied by an improved diet, and how to manage that new diet.
Changes for the future
In addition to learning about health conditions that are caused or exacerbated by sugar, in “Sugar Crush” Jacoby explains how to find hidden sugars at the supermarket. He explains how processed foods — canned tomatoes, soups and salad dressings — have significant amounts of sugar, and he also explains why “fat-free” should instead say, “sugar added.”
Jacoby is quick to point out that sugar is pasta, bread, fruit. It’s not just junk food — it’s everywhere.
“I would say that before I began this work, I was a sugar addict, too. I just didn’t know it,” Jacoby said. “We eat carbohydrates because we love them. I thought that if you went to the gym and burned those calories, you’d be fine. Not true. If these symptoms are happening in our body, you know it’s happening in other places. You might not feel it in your heart, but it’s happening there, too.”
“Sugar Crush” also challenges our notions of food — and even the language we use. Take fats, for example. Fats don’t cause someone to become overweight, carbohydrates to. Jacoby says that while we’ve all been incorrectly told to be afraid of fat, our diets are loaded with sugar that’s replacing healthy fat.
“The human body was built to function on fat-based energy,” Jacoby said. “There are only two things you can eat that have flavor — fat or sugar. Fat is expensive. Sugar is cheap. Guess which one is what we’re eating?”
Story from: Extremity Health Centers