I shared an article on this blog over the weekend, which really hits home how the food industry intentionally creates food that are convenient, low cost, high in sodium, fat, sugars and extremely addictive. I was very incensed about the fact that it is really not just about the willpower of the public, but that a conscious effort is made in the laboratory settings and marketing meetings to get people hooked on these foods. The article spoke about the fact that 1 in 3 adults in the United states are clinically obese; that 24 million Americans have Type 2 Diabetes; and, one in 5 children have type 2 Diabetes. What was not included in this article was that 50 percent of the American population has periodontal disease. Clearly all of these degenerative diseases are making us as a country very sick. I see the ill effects of eating these harmful foods and how it effects the oral cavity. It is critical that we stop just picking up the easy to get convenient for us foods and take some time and read labels. What seems like the easy way now, becomes the hard way in terms of pain, disease, and suffering in our future. Please, if you haven’t read the article, take time to do so, it is so important to be aware of the thought processes that go into the food that we so casually pick up at the store and place in our mouths. Become aware! Stay healthy!