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Have you ever noticed that a lot of fruits and veggies are shaped like human body parts? Many plant foods, including tomatoes, walnuts, celery, and others look just like certain body parts, and it turns out that their appearance may hold clues to what they can do for you. Check this out:
• Tomatoes have four chambers and are red, just like the heart. Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may be heart-protective.
• Mom was right when she said that carrots are good for your eyesight! Have you ever noticed that a carrot sliced the "round way" looks like a human eye? Science shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to the eyes as well as the function of them.
• Walnuts look like little brains, and they are brain food indeed! Walnuts help develop more than three dozen neurotransmitters needed for brain functioning.
• Kidney beans weren't named that for nothing. They heal our kidneys and help them function.
• Celery, bok choy, and rhubarb resemble bones, and they can help make yours strong. Just like bones, these foods are 23 percent sodium. If we don't get enough sodium, our bodies pull it from our bones, which can make them weak. These foods can help replenish our skeletal system.
• Avocadoes, eggplants, and pears are shaped like the female cervix and womb, and these foods can work wonders "down under." Get this: It takes exactly nine months for an avocado to grow from a blossom to a ripened fruit. According to research, eating one avocado a week can help women balance their hormones, shed unwanted baby weight, and even prevent cervical cancer! Guacamole, anyone?
• Figs are loaded with seeds and hang in pairs. Sound like anything else? These sexy fruits increase sperm counts and improve sperm mobility in men, which can help overcome infertility.
• Sweet news for diabetics! Sweet potatoes, which look like the pancreas, can actually help balance diabetics' glycemic levels.
• Oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits resemble mammary glands and help keep breasts healthy by promoting the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
• Onions look like cells, and they help clear waste from all the body's cells. The tears we shed while cutting onions even help wash the outer layers of our eyes. The cousin of the onion, garlic, also helps our bodies eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals.
Seems to me these aren't just coincidences. After all, according to biologists and anthropologists who study our anatomy and our evolutionary history, humans are natural herbivores. So if you want to be your healthiest, pass up meat, eggs, and milk (and the pharmacy!) and head to the produce section instead!
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