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National Peach Month: How and Why to Eat More Peaches

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Enjoy this delicious fruit and reap the many health benefits it provides.

Enjoy this delicious fruit and reap the many health benefits it provides.

Peaches are refreshing, juicy, and delicious. Every August we celebrate National Peach Month as an opportunity to incorporate more of the fruit into our diets. Peaches keep the skin healthy, fight obesity, reduce hair loss, and acts as a natural stress reliever. With these benefits and many more, there are plenty of reasons to eat more peaches! LA Medical hopes you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle with proper exercise, a healthy diet, and thorough sleep. A healthy diet should incorporate fruits and vegetables that will provide the body with the nutrients and energy it needs. We invite you to try out the recipes below and enjoy National Peach Month!

Peach cobbler is a dessert beloved by many.

You will need:

  • 6 large peaches, cut into thin wedges
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the biscuit topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup boiling water

To make the cobbler:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Toss peaches with sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a nonreactive baking dish and bake in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes.
  • While the peaches are cooking, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
  • Remove peaches from the oven and drop spoonful of topping over them. Bake in middle of the oven until topping is golden, about 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Another easy recipe is Summertime Peach Ice Cream.

You will need:

  • 4 cups peeled, diced, fresh peaches
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (3.75-ounce) packaged vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups half-and-half

To make the ice cream:

  • Combine peaches and sugar, let stand 1 hour.
  • Process peach mixture in a food processor or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.
  • Stir together evaporated milk and pudding mix in a large bowl; stir in peach puree, condensed milk, and half-and-half.
  • Pour mixture into freezer container of a 4-quart hand-turned or electric freezer. Spoon into an airtight container, and freeze until firm.

These are two recipes your family and friends are sure to love. Give them a try in celebration of National Peach Month! Visit the LA Medical online catalog and see what else we can do for you today!

Discover the Benefits and Risks of Coffee Today

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Be educated of the foods and beverages you consume.

Be educated of the foods and beverages you consume.

How do you take your coffee? 56% of Americans consume coffee every day, and over half of them claim it helps to feel more like themselves. Caffeine has been used for thousands of years to increase focus, clarity, and mental alertness. It stimulates the central nervous system and can cause mild dependence when consumed regularly. Coffee houses have become social hubs and meeting places for friends and professionals. Starbucks dominates on the West Coast, where it originated, whereas Dunkin Donuts has a larger presence on the East Coast, where it calls home. Wherever you are in the country, you are sure to find a coffee shop close by. LA Medical invites you to visit us online for your medical supplies. Here we have provided you with the benefits and risks of regular coffee consumption.


  • Coffee contains caffeine which can increase energy and focus. Drinking a cup or two in the morning can help a person feel more awake and ready to tackle the day’s tasks.
  • Harvard published a study in 2011, stating women who consumed 4 cups of coffee or more a day had a 20% lower risk of depression.
  • Caffeine is found in almost every fat burning supplement on the market because it is one of few natural substances that have been proven to aid fat burning.


  • Caffeine is a drug and when consumed regularly, can cause mild dependence. When someone quits consuming caffeine, they may suffer with headaches, fuzziness, and fatigue until their body adjusts.
  • Most coffee beans are grown outside of the country where they are exposed to pesticides and harmful chemicals.
  • Pregnant women should avoid coffee because it travels through the placenta and reaches the fetus. The fetus is very sensitive to caffeine and metabolizes it very slowly. Women who are expecting a child should limit coffee consumption to only one cup of decaf a day or nothing at all.

Whether you are a coffee drinker or not, we encourage you to be educated about the food and drinks you are putting into your body. LA Medical cares about your overall health and we encourage you to keep us in mind for your health and safety supplies.

How Canned Foods Can Affect your Heart

Posted on: February 20th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

In February, the experts at LA Medical want you to know the good, the bad and the not-really-attractive parts of canned foods and how what you’re eating can affect your health.


First of all, there is really nothing wrong with canned food. Canned food revolutionized how we eat along with the food safety in this country and around the world. The downside is that canned foods are often very high in sodium, or salt, and high sodium can be a real danger to people who have issues including heart issues, high blood pressure, kidney problems and edema. These are some of the medical problems that LA Medical see’s every day.

We know that the average recommended sodium intake is between 1500 and 2400 mg of sodium per day and that the American Heart Association recommends that people with high blood pressure eat less than1500mg per day. We also know that most of us eat way more than that and we may not even know it.

Juices are very popular now, what about the sodium in vegetables juices?  One cup of the average vegetable juice cocktail, like a V8, contains 479 milligrams of sodium. That’s 33 percent of your daily recommended sodium.  Most of the glasses we use are at least 2 cups. Look for low-sodium versions of vegetable juice.

Another good and quick meal is a bowl of soup. But those canned soups can be loaded with sodium.  Just 1 cup of canned chicken noodle soup contains as much as 744 milligrams of sodium.

Try adding a sandwich to that bowl of soup and get more sodium. Two slices of beef or pork dry salami can have as much as 362 milligrams of sodium. The bread that you have the sandwich is also usually high (328 mg per slice) in sodium and so is the American cheese (468 mgs) on the sandwich. Sorry if we ruined your appetite.

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