10 Foods That Look Like The Body Part They Are Good For!

Written by Emma Tommasini

Call it biological, coincidence or purposeful design. Certain foods look very similar to the body parts they benefit — in shape, form, colour or texture. Finding connections between the food you eat and your body can add a fun and fresh new way to look at healthy eating.

This idea goes back to ancient times, long before reference books could be consulted, a method of identification came about called the 'doctrine of signatures'. It was based on the belief that various physical features of a plant or vegetable were directly linked to their therapeutic effect on the human body.

Interestingly modern medicine and scientific research has identified phyto-chemicals in plants and foods that back up and validates examples of this this phenomenon. 

Here are a few foods that look like the parts of the body they help.

1.  Mushrooms – Ears

Chopped mushrooms look like ears

When you chop mushrooms lengthways, they look like ears. Mushrooms have Vitamin D which is good for the auditory ossicles of your ear, the three smallest bones of a human. Auditory ossicles are essential in hearing as it transmits sounds to the inner ear.

2. Grapes – Alveoli

Grapes look like the albeoli

Undoubtedly, grapes look like the alveoli of the lungs. The alveoli are sacs that allow blood and oxygen to move between the bloodstream and the lungs. Grapes contain a particular type of flavonoid called anthocyanins, which research has found protects the lungs against damage, preserving their functionality and reducing the risk of developing respiratory diseases

3. Bananas – Happy Hormones

Bananas look like smiling

When grinning ear to ear, you may just have a smile as big as a banana. Bananas contain “tryptophan” which is an amino acid that is converted to “serotonin” when digested. Serotonin sends happy chemicals to the the brain to regulate mood, decreasing anxiety and potentially leading to more feelings of happiness.

4. Kidney Beans – Kidney

Kidney beans look like kidneys

Kidney beans got their name due to their close resemblance to real human kidneys. Kidney beans are full of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that can assist in removing toxins from the body, and helping the urinary tract function better

5. Sweet Potatoes – Pancreas

Sweet potaoes look like pancreas

Sweet potatoes’ oblong shape makes them look like a pancreas. One of the main functions of the pancreas is maintaining the body’s blood glucose. Diabetes is the most common disorder associated with the pancreas. Sweet potatoes can help balance blood sugar in diabetics because it contains adiponectin, a protein hormone that has the ability to improve metabolism and insulin regulation.

6. Ginger – Stomach

Ginger looks like stomach

Feeling queasy? A commonly used natural remedy to ease nausea and upset stomach is ginger. Not only can ginger help calm the stomach, but it also takes on a similar shape to the organ. Gingerol, which is the main bioactive compound in ginger, gives the vegetable its strong taste and scent and has been deemed responsible for much of its medicinal properties. Gingerol has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which improve digestion and support the release of regulating hormones to calm your body and reduce nausea.

7. Carrots – Eyes

Chopped carrots look like eyes

When carrots are cut crosswise, they resemble the iris of an eye. Growing up you may have been told carrots are good for the eyes to encourage you to eat the vegetable. It turns out carrots really do carry many nutrients beneficial to vision. This includes lutein and beta-carotenes that are converted into Vitamin A, essential to help you see at night.

8. Walnut – Brain

A walnut looks like the brain

They say eat nuts, especially walnuts, before taking an exam. It’s labelled as “brain food”. Walnuts have an uncanny resemblance to a brain down to the two hemispheres and its outer folds. Walnuts are beneficial to the brain as they are a good source of omega-3, antioxidants, folic acid, and Vitamin E. Research shows the nutrients in walnuts can increase processing speed, mental flexibility, memory, and learning.

9. Celery – Bone

Celery looks like bones

The long and lean stalks of celery makes it resemble the bones. They’re actually good for the bones too! Silicon can be obtained from celery. Silicon gives bones their strength as it is an important part of the bones’ molecular structure.

10. Avocados – Uterus

An avocado looks like a uterus

Avocados are good for reproductive health being high in folic acid which reduces the risk of cervical complications. The light bulb shape resembles the shape of a uterus. Interestingly it takes exactly nine months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. 

11. Tomato – Heart

Chopped tomatoes look like the heart

Like the heart, tomatoes are red in colour, and when you look at the inside, they contain different chambers. Not only do tomatoes look like a heart, they also promote heart health. Tomatoes contain a nutrient called lycopene, which can help reduce your chances of getting heart disease. Studies show lycopene can lower several heart disease risk factors, such as free-radical damage, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol levels, and even increase good HDL cholesterol. 

12. Red Wine – Blood

Red wine looks like blood

Historically, red wine has always been symbolic of blood, which makes sense given how much the two look alike. Red wine is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, including resveratrol. Studies have shown resveratrol can lower blood pressure as well as improve your blood cholesterol profile. Red wine also contains a blood-thinning compound, which reduces blood clots 

Is it a bizarre coincidence or an amazing sign from Mother Nature when a foods looks like the body parts it benefits? Either way this principle is a great hack to help us remember the properties of certain foods and how their abundant vitamin, mineral and phytochemical content can enhance our health and wellbeing. 

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