Match the Good-for-You Foods to your Body Parts

Here's a new way to eat smart for your body! Match the good-for-you foods to your body parts.

MelonsEat this: Melons and citrus fruits
For this: Breasts
Here’s why: We knew there was a reason that our breasts resemble melons! Oranges and melons are rich in immune-boasting vitamin C, and some studies indicate that a C-heavy diet (from food, not supplernents) helps prevent breast cancer.

Bok choy Eat this: Rhubarb and bok choy
For this: Bones
Here’s why: Baok choy is an excellent source of calcium, a mineral that’s essential for keeping bones strong and dense. And rhubarb, another bony-looking veggie, is rich in vitamin K, which helps activate three proteins involved in bone health and increases bone-mineral density.

olivesEat this: Olives
For this: Ovaries
Here’s why: An Italian study found that women whose diets included a lot of olive oil had a 30 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer. The reasons are unclear, but the healthy fats in the oil may help suppress genes predisposed to causing cancer.

Walnuts Eat this: Walnuts
For this: Brain
Here’s why: Walnuts, with their funky lobe-like shape, are a great source of essential omega-3 fatty acids, which help brain cells communicate with each other and are essential to cognitive performance, memory, and nerve health.

CarrotsEat this: Carrots
For this: Eyes
Here’s why: Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Your eyes need A to maintain the health of the cells in your corneas, the transparent tissue that covers the eye and protects it from germs, dust inflammation, and infection. Is it any wonder, then, that a sliced carrot reveals concentric circles that look like your pupil and iris?

GrapesEat this: Grapes
For this: Heart
Here’s why: Red and purple grapes (along with other dark fruits and vegetables) contain flavonoids, which experts say protect against heart disease, as well as cancer and brain-aging. A recent study from the University of Michigan also found that the heart-shaped clusters of fruit may help control your blood pressure.

Sweet PotatoEat this: Sweet potato
For this: Pancreas
Here’s why: Pancreas-shaped sweet potatoes release sugars gradually into the bloodstream. That means they don’t stress the organ, which helps regulate blood sugar levels.

Source: www.Health.Com, Feb 2009
Author: Brittani Renaud