Nature has given clues to humans regarding the food they eat through patterns and symbols of the food that resemble an organ or a function. The ancient civilization of China, Native Americans and others believed that the shape, taste, aroma and color of the food had significant hints to its healing properties and health benefits. This was followed by Europeans in the 14th century. Later it was debunked as a myth, but now once again it is being considered an easy way to convey the message to people; since the signs are easy to remember and hence facilitates balanced diet.
1. Walnut for the brain
When opened the walnut looks like a brain, inclusive of the hemispheres, wrinkles and folds. Conveniently, walnuts are rich in omega3 fatty acids which are important for brain health. They also aid in development of neuron transmitters for functioning of brain.
2. Carrots for eyes
Carrots are loaded with vitamin A are excellent for eyes; could this be the reason that the sliced carrot looks like human eye with lines resembling the iris? Carrots increase blood flow to eyes thus improving their functioning to a great extent.
3. Tomatoes for the heart
A ripe red tomato when cut shows it has 4 chambers just like a human heart. The color and the shape are indication that it is an excellent food for blood and heart and indeed, today scientific research has proven this as a fact.
4. Kidney beans for kidneys
The kidney beans, named thus as they resemble human kidneys are now found to heal and boost the functioning of kidneys. Kidney beans contain various soluble and insoluble fibers which are low in fat, in addition to magnesium and potassium; the deficiency of which is known to cause kidney stones.
5. Bananas for smile
It is amazing to look at the banana that resembles a human smile. Bananas contain a rare protein tryptophan, which converts into a chemical neurotransmitter serotonin on digestion. Serotonin is a mood enhancer which can fight anxiety and depression. What a hint!
6. Avocado for reproductive health
Avocado can be considered a reproduction fruit. It has lot of connections to the human reproduction organs. It takes 9 months to grow from blossom to fully ripened fruit, always grows in pairs resembling testicles. It is also similar to womb and cervix of the female. Eating avocados balances hormones and reduces risk of cervical cancer.
7. Beetroots for blood
Beetroots are recommended for anemic people as they are packed with nutrients and iron which is an essential constituent to produce red blood cells. The beetroot juice which is one of the healthiest drinks to increase blood count looks exactly like blood.
8. Grapefruit, orange and citrus for breast health
Stagnation of lymph in the breasts leads to breast cysts, fibroadenoma and breast cancer. Fruits like grapefruits, oranges and citruses which resemble the mammary glands improve the breast health by providing much needed vitamin C and boosting the circulation of blood and lymph in the mammary glands.
9. Figs for male fertility
Figs grow in pair and contain small seeds which are considered to resemble the male reproduction system. Nutritional guides suggest that figs indeed increase the quantity and motility of the human male sperm. It is often used to treat sterile males.
10. Ginger for stomach
Raw ginger roots often bear a resemblance to human stomach. Since ancient times, ginger has been used to treat various digestive problems and stomach ache. Chinese and Indians have used the ginger root to treat nausea, upset stomach and morning sickness for more than 3,000 years now.