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Foods That Look Like the Body Parts They're Good For

Source: Womansday.com (10 Foods That Look Like the Body Parts They're Good For)


Source Link: https://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/nutrition/g2503/foods-that-look-like-body-parts-theyre-good-for/


Every child has heard the adage, "You are what you eat." However, there may be a stronger connection between good-for-you food and your body than you believed. We discovered ten foods that resemble the body parts for which they give nutrients—for example, brain-boosting walnuts resemble a brain. Coincidence? Maybe. Though these healthy foods are good for the entire body, the list below serves as a pleasant reminder of what to eat to target certain areas.


1. When you cut a carrot in half crosswise, it's simple to see how it looks like an eye—look closely and you'll discover a pattern of radiating lines that mimics the pupil and iris. And the old wives' story is correct: eating carrots promotes healthy eyes. "Carrots are high in vitamins and antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, which reduce the risk of macular degeneration, the major cause of visual loss in the elderly."


2. A walnut's folds and wrinkles remind me of another human organ: the brain. The nut's shape even resembles a body component, appearing to have left and right hemispheres. And it's no surprise that walnuts are dubbed "brain food": "they contain a very high level of omega-3 fatty acids, which help maintain brain function," says Lisa Avellino, dietician for Focus28 Diet.

3. Long, slim celery stalks resemble bones—and they're excellent for them, too. "Celery is an excellent source of silicon, which is a component of the chemical structure that gives bones their strength," adds Dr. Moulavi. Another amusing bone coincidence: "Bones and celery are both 23 percent salt," says Avellino.


4. The lightbulb form of an avocado resembles a uterus, and it also promotes reproductive health. "Avocados are high in folic acid," explains Elizabeth Somer, a qualified dietician and author of Eat Your Way to Happiness. "Folate has been shown to lower the risk of cervical dysplasia, a precancerous condition."


5. Several studies have found that clams, which resemble testicles, are beneficial to the male genitalia. "Research from the Netherlands suggests that boosting your diet with folic acid and zinc—both of which clams are high in––can have a major effect on enhancing male fertility in men," Dr. Moulavi says.

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