Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wise Wednesday #1

10 Foods That are shaped like the body part they are good for!

I found this article when reading through Woman's Day online. I thought I would share with you all and add my own kick to it.

 Celery looks just like bones, and its really good for them too! "Celery is a good source of silicon, which is part of the molecular structure that gives bones their strength" (Dr. Moualavi) Bones are 23% sodium and so is celery. It also helps lower cholesterol. Packed with powerful antioxidants this super food is also known as a natural diuretic and is a negative calorie food. Photos by istockphoto

If you cur a carrot into slices crosswise it's easy to see that it resembles and eye. Look even closer and you will notice a pattern of lines that copy the pupil and iris. Eating carrots actually does promote healthy eyes. "The beta-carotene decreases the chance of macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss in older people." (Sasson Moulavi, M.D.)
Photos by istockphoto

The look of a walnut sure does resemble the human brain. It even looks like it has a left and right hemisphere. After taking a close look its really not surprising that they are nicknamed "brain food" Walnuts are packed FULL of omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function. They are also known to TRIPLE the melatonin levels in the body. Melatonin is one of the body's sleep regulating hormones. They like all nuts help lower cholesterol and improve heart health when eaten as a part of a healthy diet.

The light bulb shape of an avocado looks like a uterus, and it supports reproductive health as well. The are a good source of folic acid. Folate has been found to reduce the risk of cervical dysplasia which is a precancerous condition. Photos by iStockphoto and Shutterstock

Studies have offered evidence that clams, which bear a resemblance to the testicles, are actually good for the male sex organs. Clams are full of folic acid and zinc. Both of these have a significant effect on improving semen quality in men.
Photos by Shutterstock and 3D Clinic

The resemblance between grapefruit and oranges is more than just a coincidence. these super fruits contain a substance called limonoids, which have been shown to inhibit the development of cancer in lab animals and in human breast cells.
 Photos by iStockphoto and

If you slice open a tomato you will notice the RED vegetable has multiple chamber that resemble the structure of a heart. Studies have found that men and women who eat tomatoes have a decreased risk of heart disease because of the lycopene in them. AND if you mix them with a little fat like olive or avocado, it will boost your body's lycopene absorption nearly tenfold
Photos by iStockphoto and 3D Clinic

Red wine, which is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, including powerful resveratrol, looks like blood. "When you drink it, you're really loading up on the healthy stuff that protects against destructive things in the blood, like LDL cholesterol, which can cause heart disease," says Somer. "There's also a blood-thinning compound in red wine, so it reduces blood clots, which are associated with stroke and heart disease." Photos by iStockphoto

 Anyone who's ever reached for a glass of ginger ale when they’ve had a stomachache knows about the anti nausea effects of ginger. So it's fitting that the herb somewhat resembles the digestive organ. According to Dr. Moulavi, "gingerol, which is the ingredient responsible for ginger's pungent scent and taste, is listed in the USDA database of phytochemicals as having the ability to prevent nausea and vomiting." Photos by iStockphoto

The oblong sweet potato bears a strong resemblance to the pancreas, and also promotes healthy function in the organ. "Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which is a potent antioxidant that protects all tissues of the body, including the pancreas, from damage associated with cancer or aging," says Somer. Photos by Shutterstock

Read more: Food Nutrition Facts - Healthy Living Tips at - Woman's Day

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