Have you ever noticed how some foods, if not all, resemble some part of our anatomy? With good reason too – they help us understand how a particular fruit or vegetable can benefit the corresponding part of our body that the food looks like.
Take for instance the banana – this reminds us of the fingers of our hands, even the name – a bunch of bananas being called a hand has particular significance. Bananas have a very high level of potassium and potassium is beneficial for joints. Our hands have a large number of joints and need potassium to stop them from cramping.
Other benefits of bananas are: that it will help quieten a cough, help control blood pressure, eases depression and stops diarrhoea.
Walnuts are amazingly similar to our brains. Right from the fact that it has a hard outer coating – not unlike our skull and then the 2 divisions similar to the right and left side of the brain. Even the knobbly structure has a striking resemblance to the brain.
Walnuts are known to be excellent in maintaining a good memory and lifting one’s mood which are essential functions of the brain.
Other benefits of walnuts are that they help lower cholesterol and combat against cancer.
If you slice carrots you will notice that the discs resemble our eyes.
We’ve probably all heard the saying that eating carrots will help you see in the dark. Well there is some truth in this as carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A – a crucial nutrient for good eyesight.
Vitamin A deficiency can cause night blindness and an extreme deficiency can even cause complete blindness. Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of blindness in the Third World.
Avocados resemble 2 parts of the body – when sliced in half they look like an eye and the most striking resembleance of the avaocado is to the womb. They have a high content of lutein which is known to help keep eyes healthy and prevent macular degeneration. . Avocados are high in folate which aids in healthy cell and tissue development – particularly needed during pregnancy.
Interestingly it takes 9 months for the avocado to form into the fruit from the time it blossoms.
When I look at brocolli and cauliflower I am always reminded of our lungs. Recent research has shown that lungs damaged through smoking can actually be restored by sulphoraphane, a plant chemical that is made by broccoli and cauliflower when eaten.
Tomatoes are red in colour and often said to be blood red – and this has significance too as the combined action of iron and vitamin C found in tomatoes promotes the synthesis of haemoglobin and the formation of new red cells, thereby helping to prevent or treat different types of anaemia. The 4 chambers of the heart are mimicked in the tomato and lycopene which they are rich in, helps lower bad LDL cholesterol in our blood.
Ginger roots look similar to the human colon and is a great food for helping our digestive system.
It has been used for centuries in China to calm the stomach and cure nausea, while it is also a popular remedy for motion sickness.
Female mammary glands are often thought of when looking at oranges and other citrus fruits. These fruits help move lymph in and out of the breast.
Next time you pick up a piece of fruit or a vegetable consider what part of your anatomy it resembles and you’ll find the nutrients contained in it will be most beneficial to your body.