Food, food – glorious food! Whether you love it or you don’t, there’s a relationship that we form with food. Like cooking a certain dish for nostalgic reasons that goes with the sentiment, ‘like grandmother used to make it’. Or maybe indulging in food for comfort reasons to nibbling on foods for health reasons.
Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.” Especially when it comes to foods that look like the body parts that they’re good for, observe for example the cross section of a carrot which resembles, yes, an eye. It even has patterns of radiating lines that look just like the pupil and iris. Beta-carotene, which gives carrots their vibrant orange colour helps to maintain healthy eyesight, protects against ocular degeneration and the development of cataracts.
While walnuts are the ultimate brain food, they have a striking resemblance to the human brain. They’re a good source of omega-3, and have more antioxidants, folic acid (vitamin B9), and vitamin E than any other nut.
And well, we all know that calcium is good for the bones but so is a stalk of celery, which resembles a bone. Celery contains silicon, which is part of what gives bones their strength.
Then there’s a sweet potato, which has a striking resemblance to the pancreas, and has been shown to help the pancreas do its job by helping to stabilise blood sugar levels. Sweet potatoes are also naturally high in Vitamin B6, which studies have shown inhibits the growth of pancreatic cancer.
And did you ever notice this – that a sliced mushroom has the shape and resemblance of a human ear? Therefore, having mushrooms are good for your ear’s health as they’re a great source of vitamin D which is essential for preventing hearing loss.
While avocados are not only good for your hair’s health, but also for the body part that they’re shaped like, which is the uterus and cervix. They have been shown to balance out hormones and prevent cervical cancer. And just as it takes exactly 9 months for a baby to fully develop in the womb; it takes an avocado exactly nine months to grow from a blossom into a ripened fruit.
Therefore, the next time you fill up your grocery cart or decide to eat a certain food try look at it and figure out the body part that it’s good for. This way, you feed that body part to be at its optimal.