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The hidden health clues in the SHAPE of your FruitFrom Walnuts And Other Fruits

 
Remember that old saying 'you are what you eat' or 'if you don't eat all your carrots you won't be able to see in the dark'? 
Well, recent studies have shown many fruits and vegetables often look like the body part or organ that they are good for.
That's right – it’s not just a coincidence that kidney beans are actually called kidney beans, or why walnuts look like tiny little brains.  
An ancient European philosophy known as ‘The Doctrine of Signatures’ suggests that plants, animals and minerals often contain clues in their shape, form or actions, which secretly tells us their purpose.
Writing for Healthista, Carly Jade Cochrane reveals the 12 healthy foods which also look like the body part they benefit. 

Slice a carrot in half and you’ll see that from afar, the middle mirrors a similar pattern to an eye. 
Look a bit closer and you’ll even start to see the pattern resembling the lines of the pupil and iris.
As well as being packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants, carrots also contain a plant chemical called beta-carotene – which is where they get their orange colour from. 
Beta-carotene is great for reducing the risk of developing cataracts and protecting against macular degeneration – the leading cause of loss of vision in older people.
Carrots also have the ability to enhance blood flow, bettering the function of the eye.


As gross as it is, the creases and wrinkles of a walnut make it look strikingly similar to a brain. 
In fact, they’re so similar that it even looks like they have left and right hemispheres.
Walnuts contain a high content of omega-3 fatty acids and develop over three dozen neuron- transmitters, which help support brain function. 
They also help to warn off dementia and a recent study found walnut extract broke down the protein-based plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
So, that’s why walnuts have been nicknamed as ‘brain-food’ all this time

As gross as it is, the creases and wrinkles of a walnut make it look strikingly similar to a brain. 
In fact, they’re so similar that it even looks like they have left and right hemispheres.
Walnuts contain a high content of omega-3 fatty acids and develop over three dozen neuron- transmitters, which help support brain function. 
They also help to warn off dementia and a recent study found walnut extract broke down the protein-based plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
So, that’s why walnuts have been nicknamed as ‘brain-food’ all this time

The similarity between oranges, grapefruits and breasts may be more coincidental than you think.
Oranges look like breasts – state the obvious – but actually, they’re really good for them.
They aid the movement of the lymph - a colourless fluid - in and out of the breast.
As for grapefruit, it contains substances called limonoids, which have been shown to prevent the development in human breast cells.

Sweet potato? Pancreas? Can you see the similarity? 
It has a strong resemblance to the pancreas and helps the organ to function healthily. 
Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that protects all tissues of the body from damage associated with cancer or ageing. 
They are also fantastic for those who are diabetic as it helps to balance the glycemic index - a measure carried out on carbohydrate foods to work out their impact on blood sugar.

Slice a tomato in half and you’ll notice it has multiple chambers which resemble the structure of a heart. 
Tomatoes contain a substance called lycopene, a plant chemical that reduces the risk of heart disease and several cancers. 
And if you mix them with healthy fats, like olive oil or avocado, it will boost your body’s lycopene absorption by up to ten times.
Lab experiments have also shown lycopene helps counter the effect of unhealthy cholesterol.
It’s good news, you don’t have to ditch the red wine just yet.  
It’s rich in antioxidants and polyphenols - which prevent cell damage - including powerful resveratrol.
So when you’re enjoying your evening glass, you’re really loading up on healthy compounds which protect against destructive things in the blood, like cholesterol which can cause heart disease.
There’s also a blood-thinning compound in red wine meaning it can help reduce blood clots which are associated with stroke and heart disease.

Slice a mushroom in half and you’ll be able to recognise that it looks like an ear.
Add it to your cooking and you could actually improve your hearing. 
Mushrooms are one of the few foods that contain vitamin D - vital for healthy bones - even the minuscule ones in your ear that carry sound to the brain.


Root ginger often looks just like the stomach, so it’s fitting that one of its biggest benefits is aiding digestion.
For 2,000 years, the Chinese have been using it to help calm the stomach and cure nausea, and it is also a popular remedy for motion sickness.
Gingerol is the ingredient responsible for ginger’s distinctive scent and taste.
It is also listed in the US Department of Agriculture's database of phytochemicals - compounds found in plants - as having the ability to prevent nausea and vomiting

Our lungs are made up of branches of small airways that end with tiny bunches of tissue called alveoli. 
These structures, which resemble bunches of grapes, allow oxygen to pass from the lungs to the blood stream.
A diet that is high in fresh fruit, such as grapes, has been shown to reduce the risk of lung cancer and emphysema. 
Grape seeds also contain a chemical called proanthocyanidin, which can reduce the severity of asthma triggered by allergy. 



Avocados are often shaped like a light bulb - as is a uterus.
The fruit is a fantastic source of folic acid, meaning it helps reduce the risk of cervical dysplasia – a pre-cancerous condition.
In fact, research has shown if a woman eats one avocado a week, it helps to balance hormones, shed unwanted birth weight and prevent cervical cancers.
And here’s another strange coincidence – it takes exactly nine months for an avocado to grow from blossom to ripened fruit.



Eat a banana and you’re bound to crack a smile. 
Bananas contain a protein called tryptophan, and once it has been digested, it gets converted into a chemical neurotransmitter called serotonin.
Serotonin is known as the ‘happy chemical’ and is one of the most important mood-regulating chemicals in the brain. 
Most anti-depressant drugs work by adjusting levels of serotonin production as higher levels are associated with better moods.

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