10 Foods that look like your body parts that are actually good for them
We’ve all heard the age old saying “you are what you eat” and passed it off as an old wives tale but, research has suggested that there may be more to it than we originally thought. Some foods that have the resemblance of our anatomy, have been seen to help the health or efficiency of that body part. This theory was first studied in traditional Chinese medicine but the idea has evolved and has been put to the test in a more scientific manner. In this blog we will be looking at ten of the similarities between the ingredients and your body, what they do to help and why you should eat these foods.
10 Foods that look like your body parts that are actually good for them
Carrots and eye health
Now you might be thinking I’m crazy saying this long orange pointy vegetable looks anything like an eye, but hold on a second, if you slice a carrot horizontally down the middle or into slices, you will see what I am talking about. You will see that the carrot has a pupil and iris shaped feature in the center as you can see in the picture below.
Did your parents or grandparents ever tell you that eating carrots will help you to see in the dark? Well it might be because during world war two the Nazi Germans were flying over Britain and dropping bombs on British soil so, the RAF had to send planes up to combat this problem. After the British airforce were gaining a lead on the Nazis the Germans had to come up with a solution and this was to attack at night, what they didn’t know was the royal Air force was using radar to get the upper hand in the nights sky. When John “cats eyes” Cunningham, a British pilot who had shot down 19 out of 20 Nazi planes was asked what his secret was he explained that it was his love for eating carrots, even though it was more likely to be that he was using his radar technology. This sparked much propaganda in the media to trick the German army Into thinking that carrots was the secret to air dominance and it took them away from learning about the radar technology. In turn it also mislead many British citizens into thinking that eating carrots would help them see in the dark which would lead to higher survival chance.
But was it all a lie? Well they might have actually been on to something, The reason why carrots are orange is because they have a Carotenoid in them, one of which is called beta-carotene, the body converts this into vitamin A which acts as an antioxidant which helps prevent free radicals from damaging your cells
The benefits are that consuming vitamin A is a way of preventing many problems with the eye. Firstly it helps night blindness which is when people struggle to see in poor lighting often due to a retinal problem. Another problem which vitamin a solves is having dry eyes which I used to have a problem with before I started eating healthier. Carrots also have lutein inside them (especially yellow carrots) which has been seen to helpful in prevention and reversing macular degeneration which is common amongst the elderly.
Tomatoes and heart health
This red fruit not only has resemblance to a heart in color, it also shares a similar structure. A tomato has locules inside them which is the cavities where the fluid and seeds lay, “real” tomatoes have 2-4 of these depending on the carpels of the plant that they came from. Your heart also has a similar way of functioning and that is with it’s four chambers.
As you know your heart is a vital part of your body so it is very important to keep it as healthy as possible. Tomatoes contain an antioxidant inside them called lycopene which is the thing that makes them that blush red color, studies have shown that they might be useful in preventing and reversing the effects of cardiovascular diseases, this includes blockages of the arteries and heart attacks.
Walnuts improve your brain
Have you ever cracked a walnut shell with your bare hands? If you have, you will have noticed that inside them they have a bobbly texture, even the outer shell has lots of bumps and crevices, they also have two halves. If you said this without using the nut, you might notice it sounds very much like the description of a brain, the brain has two hemispheres and has woven matter that look like fat worms.
Walnuts, which are actually seeds but, we won’t get into that have. They have a huge amount of DHA which is a type of omega 3 fatty acid in them. Our brain mostly consists of fat and needs these fatty acids to perform to it’s best capabilities.
Omega 3 has been seen to have many benefits for the brain including, prevention from neurodegenerative diseases and Improving cognition.
The omega 3 in walnuts has also been linked to mood improvement for people with depression and other mental illnesses.
Grapes are good for your lung health
Inside your lungs you have these branch like features, at the end of each one you have microscopic sacks called aveoli, which is the parts of the body that helps transfer oxygen into the blood. they look like little balls on a stick., due to this they often get compared to grapes.
Some of the properties in grapes have been seen to have cancer preventing properties such as this one.
Grapes and grape seed oil also have proanthocyanidin in them which is an anti-inflammatory which has been seen to ease the suffering of asthma
Sweet potatoes and pancreatic health
Sweet potatoes are very reminiscent of your pancreas, specifically in their shape but, are they good for it? Keep reading to find out!
Sweet potatoes rank low when measuring their glycemic index, this means it’s carbohydrates are slowly digested meaning your blood sugars won’t spike and then crash. This is great for diabetics and can help you stay energized throughout the day.
Celery for Bone strength
Have you ever noticed that celery looks a lot like your bones on an x-ray, even more so when you look at more than one bone like in your arm. Celery is actually quite good for your bones as you can see below.
Celery is high in silicon and silicon is not only a preventative of brital bones, it also helps in stimulating new bone formation, together this makes a concoction for strong and healthy bones.
Ginger and stomach health
The shape of ginger is a bit wild but, often it is similar to that of your stomach as you can see in the picture above. It often has a base and then two tube like knob coming out the side of it, just like a stomach.
Not only does ginger look like your stomach, studies have shown that it is very beneficial for the organ inside your body.
For centuries ginger has been used when you’re feeling a bit of the weather, it can alleviate problems with your digestion, particularly Appetit, sea sickness, nausea and general pain in the stomach.
It has also been found that it may be more effective in treating some of these problems compared to prescribed drugs
It can also be beneficial to consume ginger after surgery and chemotherapy and some believe it may be helpful for morning sickness however, some people believe that it may add to the risk of miscarriage but, this hasn’t been investigated.
Eating avocado’s for female organs health
When a female is carrying a baby their uterus begins to form the shape of an avocado, with one half being larger than the other. Eating this superfood is highly recommended to live a healthy life, particularly if you’re pregnant. Avocados are often a main ingredient in the maternal diet for the health of you and your baby.
Avocados are nutritionally dense and packed full of potassium, vitamin C, folate and vitamin B6 which helps the babies brain grow and may alleviate morning sickness.
Avocado’s also help in aiding the intake of fat soluble vitamins which is hugely important when eating for two.
Mushroom and ears
I think these two are one of the most similar in comparison, when a mushroom is cut in half, they share that curved edge and intricate detail with that of an ear.
Mushrooms have a high amount of vitamin D inside them which helps regulating calcium and phosphate, this is good for healthy strong bones and if you didn’t know, the way that you hear is actually through small bones (anvil, Hammer, stapes) inside the ear vibrating and then the message being sent to the brain.
If you are vitamin D deficient these bones can become weaker which can lead to loss of hearing.
Wine and Blood
Yes I know… blood isn’t a body part but, it’s inside all of them. Wine is a very controversial topic in the health and wellness industry, it has it’s up’s and it’s downs, one minute the media are saying it’s the most important thing to have in your diet, the next you need to totally cut it from your diet. I think my mum’s advice is the best “anything in moderation is okay” maybe that’s just her excuse but, it would be backed by the bluezone diet so, below we’ll be looking at the benefits of wine.
Wine is full of antioxidants which help fight against oxidative stress, this is when free radicals start to destroy the cells inside your body. This can lead diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Wine is also a natural blood thinner which may prevent people from having strokes which can be due to blood clots.
Eating these foods on there own won’t add up to a healthy diet, that’s why it is important to seek advice from a professional and follow a recommended dietary allowance.
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