Every kid knows the healthy-eating mantra: “You are what you eat.”
However, there may be a much closer connection between foods that are good for you and your body than you actually believe.
There are ten fruits and veggies that mirror different body parts. And, they happen to contain nutrients that are good for these organs!
How awesome is nature, right?
Let’s find out more!
10 Fruits & Veggies that Resemble the Body Organs That They Are Good for
- Walnuts: The Brain
The wrinkles and folds of walnuts resemble the brain. The nut’s shape is also similar to the shape of the brain and it looks like it has a left and right hemisphere.
What’s more, walnuts are said to be powerful brain food, according to dietitian Lisa Avellino. Their abundance of omega-3 fatty acids supports the proper functioning of the brain.
- Carrots: The Eyes
If you cut a carrot in half crosswise, it’s not hard to see that it looks like an eye. If you look even closer, you’ll notice the radiating line pattern that resembles the iris and pupil.
Also, when you eat carrots, you help your eyesight and preserve the optimal health of your eyes. Carrots provide an abundance of antioxidants and vitamins, including beta-carotene.
They lower the risk of macular degeneration, a major contributing factor to the loss of vision in the elderly, according to Sasson Moulavi, MD, medical director of Smart for Life Weight Management Centers in Boca Raton, Florida.
- Avocados: The Uterus
When you cut it in half, it’s hard not to spot it.
The lightbulb shape of an avocado is similar to that of the uterus. This fruit is good for reproductive female health.
Avocados are rich in folic acid which helps lower the chance of cervical dysplasia, a pre-cancerous condition, as noted by Elizabeth Somer, registered dietician.
- Celery: The Bones
The long and lean stalks of celery remind of bones, don’t they? And, this veggie is also good for keeping the bones healthy and strong.
It provides silicon, part of the molecular structure which provides bones with the needed strength.
Bones are 23 percent sodium and interestingly, so is celery!
- Clams: The Testicles
According to studies, the clams which resemble testicles, are beneficial for the health of the male sex organs.
Research done in the Netherlands found that adding folic acid and zinc to the diet (clams are high in them) may better the quality of the semen in men.
- Tomatoes: The Heart
If you cut a tomato in half, you will see that there are various chambers that are similar to the heart’s structure.
According to studies, the lycopene in tomatoes helps lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in men and women who consume tomatoes.
When you combine them with a bit of fat such as avocado or olive oil, you will enhance the absorption of lycopene in the body almost ten times!
- Ginger: The Stomach
Ginger is known for its ability to reduce nausea and stomach ache. And, you’ve already guessed it: it looks like the stomach.
Gingerol, the active ingredient in ginger that’s responsible for its pungent taste and scent is listed as a phytochemical able to lower vomiting and nausea in the USDA database.
- Sweet potatoes: The Pancreas
Sweet potatoes are quite similar to the pancreas. And, they’re also known to help this organ function optimally.
They provide us with beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that keeps the bodily tissues safe, including the pancreas, from damage linked with aging and cancer.
- Grapefruit: The Breasts
Round, citrus fruits like grapefruits and lemons remind of the female breasts when you cut the fruit in half.
They don’t just share similarities in appearance, but grapefruit can provide amazing health advantages for the breasts.
The limonoids inside grapefruit are substances linked with the prevention of cancer growth in lab animals and in human breast cells.
- Red wine: The Blood
Red wine contains polyphenols and antioxidants, as well as potent resveratrol. And, it looks so much like blood.
When you drink wine responsibly, you’re acquiring the healthy nutrients that prevent the accumulation of LDL cholesterol linked with heart disease.
Red wine also provides a blood-thinning compound and thus helps lower blood clotting that’s a contributing factor to heart illness and heart disease.