As a child, I remember my mother giving me a handful of nuts every morning with breakfast. While cashews, almonds and pistachios I liked, I frowned on seeing walnuts. They tasted bitter and unappealing. But, my mother would encouragingly tell me, “Walnuts are good for your brain because they look like your brain. Eat them if you want to top your class”.
After all these years, I can’t help but smile at the truth in that sentence. Nature communicates with such simple signs, it’s amusing. Here is a list of 6 foods that resemble human body parts and nourish them.
Walnuts and the Brain:
Walnuts truly are brain food. Omega-3 fatty acids in the walnuts promote brain health. Research shows that eating a handful of walnuts every day improves cognitive function – boosts memory and concentration and allows the brain to process information faster. So go ahead and grab some walnuts; eat them raw or add them to your salad or dessert!
Avocados and the female Uterus:
In ancient times, the Aztecs regarded avocado as the ‘fertility fruit’ for both men and women. It is shaped like a female uterus and the seed in an avocado resembles a baby in the womb. Additionally, just like a baby, an avocado blossom takes 9 months to ripen into a fruit. Avocados are rich in Vitamin E or tocopherol. The word tocopherol derives from Greek and when loosely translated, means ‘to bear a child’. Vitamin E is important for overall reproductive health. Avocados also provide good amounts of folic acid which is highly recommended for women who are trying to conceive and in their first trimester of pregnancy to avoid fetal organ defects and cleft palate. Current research shows that eating one avocado per week helps to balance hormone levels and prevent cervical cancer.
Tomatoes and the Heart:
Eat tomatoes to your heart’s content! The four chambers of the heart are mirrored in a tomato. Tomatoes have a powerful antioxidant called lycopene which has been proved to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Research also shows that tomatoes may help in modestly reducing blood pressure, owing to their high lycopene and potassium levels.
Ginger and the Stomach:
Ginger root bears an uncanny resemblance to the stomach and aids in digestion. Ginger contains gingerols and shogaols. Research suggests that these chemicals relax the intestinal tract and ease nausea, intestinal cramps, morning sickness and motion sickness. So reach out for that cup of ‘adrakwali chai’ or a ‘chic glass of ginger ale’ to soothe an upset stomach.
Sliced Carrots and the Eyes:
Have you ever noticed how a round slice of carrot looks exactly like the iris and pupil of your eye? Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which gets converted to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for eyes to function normally, protects against macular degeneration, prevents cataracts and nightblindness.
Grapefruit, Oranges and the Mammary glands:
If you are already thinking of Mrs Doubtfire, you’ve established the resemblance! Citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges and lemons help the movement of lymph in and out of the mammary glands. Grapefruit contains limonoids, that has been shown to inhibit breast cancer development.
So, what other foods resemble body parts? Comment below if you know more foods and their benefits