There’s actually an important meaning behind the shapes and colors in vegetables. Ever walk down the produce section of a grocery store and suddenly crave something red?
That’s evolution doing its trick. Deep inside our mysterious brains, we subconsciously know that there’s a specific nutrient inside that red veggie our body is in need of.
Millions of years ago, or “back in the day” as my cavemen buddies like to say when they were foraging for food, blue, purple, and black were “color warning signs” of potentially lethal food. The quick learners survived and some important knowledge was imprinted on our DNA.
So let’s say you see a red fruit or vegetable and you just gotta have it. That might mean you could use a quick dose of Lycopene. This is an antioxidant, a substance that protects against body cell damage.
So enjoy some red-grapefruit, red grapes, strawberries, and cherries. Watermelon is another one that’s loaded with health benefits.
Gravitating towards the apricots? That’s your imaginary friend in your head letting you know a little Beta-carotene would bring your vitamin A levels up to par. Again, colors in vegetables doing their job.
Vitamin A is required for the proper development and functioning of our eyes, skin, immune system, and many other parts of our bodies.
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Potatoes and Bananas – Quercetin
Craving potatoes or bananas? These are high in Quercetin. Quercetin is a natural flavonoid found abundantly in fruits and vegetables. It has anti-atherogenic, anti-oxidant, and anti-carcinogenic properties.
So next time you’re out enjoying some street food, don’t count calories, count the colors! Neapolitan ice cream doesn’t count.
Walnuts – Neuron-Transmitters
The weirdly fun part of all this is that many fruits and vegetables actually resemble the body part they keep healthy.
For example, a walnut looks like a little brain. Which is also about the same size you’ll find in a crocodile.
Scientists claim that walnuts help in developing over three dozen neuron-transmitters within the brain. This includes enhancing the signaling and encouraging a new messaging link between the brain cells.
Kidney Beans – Kidney Function
These beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and are shaped exactly like the human kidneys – exactly.
If your kidneys are healthy, kidney beans can — when consumed as part of a balanced diet — contribute to your kidney health. If your kidneys are diseased, you might need to moderate your intake of kidney beans. Remember, we’re not doctors nor do we play them on TV.
Celery – Healthy Bones
Doesn’t celery look just like your bones? And wouldn’t you know it, this stalky vegetable specifically targets bone strength.
Bones are made up of 23% sodium and celery have sodium in them. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak so these foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
“It’s for the party.”