Every child has heard the healthy-eating mantra: “You are what you eat.” But there may be a closer resemblance between good-for-you grub and your body than you thought. It’s common knowledge that consuming a diet rich in foods coming from the earth is nutritious, healthy and tasty. We found 10 foods that mirror the body parts they provide nutrients for—for example, brain-boosting walnuts actually look like a brain. Coincidence? Maybe. Though these healthy foods are beneficial to the whole body, each one seems to be custom designed to nourish, aid and support the body part they duplicate, the list below is a fun reminder of what to eat to target specific areas.
Slice a carrot in half crosswise and it’s easy to see that the veggie resembles an eye—look closely and you’ll even notice a pattern of radiating lines that mimic the pupil and iris. And the old wives’ tale is true: Munching on carrots will actually promote healthy eyes. “Carrots are filled with vitamins and antioxidants, like beta-carotene, that decrease the chance of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older people,” says Sasson Moulavi, MD, medical director of Smart for Life Weight Management Centers in Boca Raton, Florida.
The folds and wrinkles of a walnut bring to mind another human organ: the brain. Walnuts may be served on some desserts, but the reality is, they’re extremely good for you! You can serve them with ice cream, in a salad or with a bowl of cereal for breakfast. The shape of the nut even approximates the body part, looking like it has left and right hemispheres. And it’s no surprise walnuts are nicknamed “brain food”—according to Lisa Avellino, dietitian for Focus28 Diet, “they have a very high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which actually helps improve your brain function with these healthy fats.”