You Are What You Eat

Friday, March 1, 2013

Have you ever noticed how certain foods look like body parts? For example, how a walnut looks like a brain or wine looks like blood? Well, did you know that there are foods that look like body parts that they are good for? I was recently introduced to this and started reading online of the different foods that look like that part of the body that they are beneficial for. So, take the whole "you are what you eat" statement seriously!

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Everyone knows that carrots are great for the eyes, because of the vitamin A and beta-carotene that are found in carrots. Both are known to lower the risk of eye disease and help improve your night vision.

A walnut half looks like the human brain. It has a left and right hemisphere, just like the human brain. The brain is made up of about 60% structural fat. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, the walnut is considered the ultimate brain food. Eating walnuts in moderation has shown to improve concentration and mental performance.

Onions are not just a savoury accompaniment to a salad. They are beneficial to your body as they have been shown to help clear waste from all the cells in your body. Onions are loaded with the flavonol Quercetin, which is an antioxidant that provides resistance of cell membranes against the destruction of free radicals.

If you ever slice a mushroom in half, you will notice a resemblance to the ear. Mushrooms are the only vegetable that naturally contains Vitamin D. Vitamin D is beneficial for healthy bones including those tiny bones in the ear that help to transmit sound.

Kidney beans are shaped just like human kidneys, hence their name. Kidney beans are filled with soluble and insoluble fibre, which enhances cardiovascular health and keeps blood pressure low. There are also lots of other benefits, such as stabilizing blood sugar, providing magnesium and potassium, and an excellent source of low-fat protein.

Long stalks of celery closely resemble bones, and are good for them too. Celery contains silicon, which is a trace element that gives bones their strength. It is also rich in calcium, which we all know is important to the development and maintenance of strong bones. Celery also contains magnesium and phosphorus, which, alongside Vitamin K, are essential minerals needed for calcium to be absorbed properly. A win-win! Coincidentally, both celery and our bones are 23% sodium.

The lightbulb shape of an avocado closely resembles the woman's uterus. Avocados are rich in folic acid and helps support reproductive health. Folate has been shown to reduce the risk of cervical displacea and prevent cervical cancer. Interestingly enough, it takes about 9 months for avocados to grow from blossoms to ripened fruit!

When you slice a tomato in half, you will notice four "chambers", which closely resemble the structure of the heart. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a bright red carotene found in red fruits and veggies, which helps aid in the fight against heart disease. Tomatoes have also been shown to help lower total cholesterol.

Red wine and blood look very much alike in appearance and it is no surprise that red wine is beneficial to blood. It is filled with antioxidants and polyphenols that help reduce bad cholesterol and blood clots. I should note that while wine is beneficial, pregnant women should avoid any alcoholic beverage as it can be damaging to the fetus.

Whenever I had an upset stomach, my mother would always tell me to drink some ginger ale. Ginger looks like the stomach and helps in aiding digestion. Eating ginger has been shown to reduce nausea and vomiting. Steep a piece of fresh ginger in hot water to easily consume it.

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There are many more foods that look like their body parts, such as pancreas and sweet potato, grapes and the alveoli of the lungs, citrus fruits and breasts, and olives and ovaries.

*Note: all of the pictures were taken from different sources online.

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