Every once in a while you come across some simple wisdom that just makes you smile and realize that you really can change your life with whole folds.
I generally hate email forwards. I’ve all but blocked family members who failed to learn that. This was the first forward I’ve read in years. I’ll just let it speak for itself.
I will say, though, that I modified it a bit. I couldn’t find the science to back up some of the claims. Kidney beans, for example, might be OK for the slow-carber but don’t really have much to do with kidney function from what I could find. I have no interest in nitpicking over the science because I think we can all agree that they are good recommendations.
It’s been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish – all before making a human. He made and provided what we’d need before we were born. These are best and more powerful when eaten raw. We’re such slow learners…
God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body! God’s Pharmacy! Amazing!
A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes. (further reading: Carrots good for eyes?)
A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopene and are indeed pure heart and blood food. (further reading: Tomatoes help keep heart healthy)
Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food. (further reading: Grapes – WebMD)
A walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neocortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function. (further reading: Keeping Your Mind Sharp With A Handful Of Walnuts)
Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually help keep blood sugar from spiking.
(further reading: The Health Properties of Sweet Potatoes)
Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries. [Note: whether or not that's true, olives are delicious] (further reading: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Treatment)
Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female (well, maybe the occasional lemon does) and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts (not completely true: they help the entire lymphatic system, so indirectly I suppose breasts are affected). (further reading: Fruits – Mighty Good For Your Health)
Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body. (I don’t know how true all of that is, but they are quite healthy foods. Check it out: Health Benefits of Onions)
The moral of the story: eat whole foods!
The rest of the story
While there are some nice similarities, the email also had a lot of blatant stretches. I agree with them as foods we should eat, but not at all for the reasons they mentioned. I didn’t want to leave them out completely, so I am commenting on them here.
“Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.” Not really. Actually kidney beans could be bad for you if you have kidney disease. They have general health benefits, but they’re not the miracle food the email wanted to claim.
Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. But the don’t necessarily contribute to bone health, and the claim that they are 25% sodium (like bones) is completely ludicrous. However, the are really good foods to include in your diet. (further reading: Celery at WHFoods.com)
The claim was that avocados, eggplant and pears benefit the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female. It’s a nice thought because they look just like these organs. However, that specific result hasn’t really been shown. They are a good source of nutrients. (further reading: 10 Great Health Benefits of Avocado)
Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow, however there’s no science that I could find that connects figs to fertility. They are great sources of energy, though, and contain really powerful antioxidants. (further reading: Health Benefits of Figs or Anjeer)
Whether or not everything was spot on in its science, the plain and simple matter is that these foods are nutritious and mostly should be a part of a normal diet.
Pass this along to anyone who would benefit from the quick lesson in proper nutrition!