Woman’s Day put together an interesting article where they found 10 foods that mirror the body parts they provide nutrients for, and in what seems like a strange coincidence, you can’t help but think this proves the age old adage, “you are what you eat”.
Here are the top 10 foods that function for the body part they resemble. Enjoy!
1. Walnut = Brain
The resemblance between a walnut and the brain is simply uncanny, including the fact they both have left and right hemispheres. The walnut is considered “brain food” because they are extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids which aid in brain function, and even lower depression.
2. Carrot = Eye:
Carrots not only look like an eye when sliced open, but they also help to promote eye health/function. According to Sasson Moulavi, MD, medical director for Smart for Life Weight Management Centers in Boca Raton, FL, “Carrots are filled with vitamins and antioxidants, like beta-carotene, that decrease the chance of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older people.”
3. Celery = Bones:
Celery and bones don’t just resemble one another, but they also are made with similar chemical compounds. Bones are 23 percent sodium, and so is celery. According to Dr. Moulavi, “Celery is a great source of silicon, which is part of the molecular structure that gives bones their strength.”.
4. Avocados = Uterus:
According to Elizabeth Somer, a registered dietician and author of Eat Your Way to Happiness, “Avocados are a good source of folic acid. Folate has been found to reduce the risk for cervical dysplasia, which is a precancerous condition.”
5. Clams = Testicles:
There’s a long-standing rumor that clams/oysters are aphrodisiacs, and science may actually back this claim. Aside from the fact that clams/testicles bear a striking resemblance to one another, “Research from the Netherlands has suggested that supplementing your diet with folic acid and zinc—both of which clams are high in––can have a significant effect on improving semen quality in men,” says Dr. Moulavi.
6. Grapefruit = Breasts:
Next time someone says, “Hey! Nice melons!” maybe they are not just referencing your chest, but actually the positive perks that citrus has for it. According to Dr. Moulavi, “Grapefruit contains substances called limonoids, which have been shown to inhibit the development of cancer in lab animals and in human breast cells.”
7. Tomato = Heart:
Tomatoes and hearts don’t just resemble one another because of the pigmentation. When you slice open a tomato you will also find that the inside has multiple chambers that resemble the structure of the heart as well. “Studies have found that because of the lycopene in tomatoes, there is a reduced risk for heart disease in men and women who eat them,” says Somer.
8. Red Wine = Blood:
They say a glass of red wine a day is actually extremely beneficial to your health, and it turns out this is not just a rumor. Red wine is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, including powerful resveratrol, and looks a lot like blood. “When you drink it, you’re really loading up on the healthy stuff that protects against destructive things in the blood, like LDL cholesterol, which can cause heart disease,” says Somer. “There’s also a blood-thinning compound in red wine, so it reduces blood clots, which are associated with stroke and heart disease.”
9. Ginger = Stomach:
Ginger ale is commonly known as the cureall when it comes to combating nausea, so it’s interesting that this herb actually resembles the digestive organ it aids. According to Dr. Moulavi, “gingerol, which is the ingredient responsible for ginger’s pungent scent and taste, is listed in the USDA database of phytochemicals as having the ability to prevent nausea and vomiting.”
10. Sweet Potatoes = Pancreas:
Sweet potatoes resemble the pancreas, and also promotes healthy function in the organ. “Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which is a potent antioxidant that protects all tissues of the body, including the pancreas, from damage associated with cancer or aging,” says Somer.