They say you are what you eat, but we never thought that meant "literally" speaking.
These 18 foods actually reflect the body parts they provide nutrients for. Read along to know why they say eating carrots is good for your eyes - it's not just a coincidence.
Grapes have an undeniable resemblance to the alveoli of the lungs. Alveoli are tiny sacs within our lungs that allow oxygen and carbon dioxide to move between the lungs and bloodstream. Including red/purple grapes in your diet has been proven to reduce the risk of lung cancer and emphysema (a long-term disease of the lungs).
2. Kidney Beans
Interesting fact: the kidney bean got its name due to the resemblance it bears to real human kidneys. Kidney beans have significant amounts of fibre and soluble fibre. They are also very high in protein and iron.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes resemble the pancreas and can actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fibre, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and phosphorus.
Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries. Olives and olive oil contain an abundance of phenolic antioxidants as well as the anti-cancer compounds squalene and terpenoid.
Grapefruits, along with other citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons, look just like the mammary glands of the female; located in female breasts, the mammary gland is responsible for lactation, or the production of milk. Citrus fruits assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
Everyone knows bananas are good for you - and even if you look like a monkey when you're eating one, it puts a smile on your face. But no one really know why they're so good for you. Bananas contain a protein called "tryptophan" which is an ɑ-amino acid. When digested, it gets converted into serotonin which sends "happy" chemicals to your brain. So keep smiling and keep peeling!
Onions have a resemblance to human body cells. It is proven that onions clear waste materials from all of the body cells.The phytochemicals in onions improve the working of vitamin C in the body, thus gifting you with improved immunity. They also contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.
8. Ginseng Root
Ginseng root looks like the veins in our body, and they are believed to provide an energy boost, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, reduce stress, promote relaxation, treat diabetes and many other medical conditions.
Mushrooms produce vitamin D, which helps with your bones, especially the auditory ossicles found in your ear. They are the three smallest bones in the human body (the malleus, incus, and stapes). These bones play an important role in the sense of hearing by transmitting sounds to the inner ear.
Ginger has been recognized for centuries as being the ultimate "cure" for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness, and pain.
It's not for nothing that your parents told you to "eat your carrots" when you were a kid. Turns out that, on top of making your eyes sparkle and your vision clearer, eating carrots enhances the blood flow to the eyes. They are also full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.
Tomatoes are an excellent source vitamin C, biotin, molybdenum, and vitamin K. They are also a great source of copper, potassium, manganese, dietary fibre, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E, and phosphorus.
Walnuts help in developing over three dozen neuron-transmitters within the brain, enhancing the signaling and encouraging new messaging links between the brain cells. Walnuts also help ward off dementia. They also extract and break down the protein-based plaques associated with Alzheimer’s diseases.
Celery and other green vegetables in its category are foods specifically targeted to bone strength. Bones are made of almost of 25% sodium, which is naturally found in celery. Celery is very rich in vitamin K and also contains vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. The vegetable contains 1.6 grams of fibre per 100 grams.
Avocados are good for the health and functioning of the female womb and cervix. Studies have proven that pregnant women who regularly eat avocados can balance the birth hormones, shed unwanted post-pregnancy weight, and even prevent cervical cancer.
Figs have been known to increase the sperm count in the male reproductive system, as well as overcoming male sterility.
If you look at a broccoli close up, you'll notice that it resembles mini cancer cells. Many studies have proven that adding regular portions of broccoli to your meals can reduce certain cancers by 50%.
Rhubarb, which resembles bone structures, is filled with minerals, vitamins, organic compounds, and other nutrients that make it ideal for keeping a healthy diet. Some of these components include dietary fibre, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, B complex vitamins, calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium.
19. Bok Choy
Not only does it look like several bone structures in the body, but bok choy also adds tons of nutritional value to your meals. Studies have shown that there are over 60 antioxidant phenolic substances in bok choy. It has also been included in studies about dietary antioxidants and cancer prevention.
20. Red wine
Having one glass of red wine a day keeps the doctor away! Red wine is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, including powerful resveratrol. Not many people know this, but there's a blood-thinning compound in red wine which reduces blood clots associated with stroke and heart disease.