Thursday, July 5, 2012

That Food Looks Familiar: Recognizing Food's Function by it's Physical Appearance

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Great news! This nutrition thing doesn't have to be so hard. Just take a good gander at your food! You heard me... take a good long stare. Right there before your eyes, you will see physical characteristics that point directly to the nutrition benefits of your food. This is just too good not to share!

Carrots - When you slice a raw carrot, the inside closely resembles the human eye. Carrots are high in vitamin A, which is essential for good vision. It protects the retinas, while also increasing blood flow to the eye. - Eye like it!

Tomatoes - A tomato is red (obviously...) and has 4 chambers just like your heart. Tomatoes get their color from a pigment called lycopene. Lycopene acts as an antioxidant in the blood, reducing the risk of heart disease. - Tomayto? Tomahto? Who cares? Your heart will thank you!

Grapes - Grapes hang in a cluster, shaped like the heart. Grapes are also known to have high levels of antioxidants, thereby lowering blood pressure and improving heart health. - I (heart) grapes!

Walnuts - I'm sure you've noticed. The inside of a walnut looks like a mini-brain. The wrinkles and folds even match the brain's neo-cortex. Isn't that something?!? Walnuts are extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which support brain development and prevent the brain from deteriorating as you get older. They also help to keep the brain fluid and flexible. - Eat a nut so you don't go nuts!

Kidney Beans - The doppelganger for a kidney bean? Your kidney! The resemblance is uncanny! Kidney beans provide your body with magnesium and potassium, protecting your body from kidney stones. They are also a great source of fiber which lowers your cholesterol. High cholesterol is a proven risk factor for kidney disease. - Eat a bean, prevent a stone.

Avocados - If you cut open an avocado, you'll notice that it resembles the female womb. It also takes exactly 9 months for an avocado to grow into a ripened fruit. What a beautiful coincidence! Avocados have been shown to help balance the hormones in women, shed unwanted birth weight and prevent cervical cancer. - Add some guac to that tac!

Figs - I'll try not to giggle like a middle school girl as a write this, but figs hang in twos when they grow and are full of seeds. It's no surprise that figs are high in folate, which is needed for sperm production, count and mobility (hehe). - Give those swimmers a fighting chance!

Oranges - Oranges closely resemble the female mammary glands and have been shown to assist in breast health by strengthening the functions of the lymphatic system. - Put on some pink and eat an orange!

I'll be incorporating these little gems into my meals this week! I hope you do too. Throw some carrots, tomatoes and walnuts on your salad OR spread some avocado on your sandwich. Every little bit helps!

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