It's easy to overlook the shape of the food we eat in terms of how it affects our health.
We all know certain foods are good for specific parts of your body, like that milk is good for your bones and carrots are good for your eyes. But, there's actually more to it.
Studies show that the shape of certain fruits and veggies can indicate what part of the body they're good for. These foods aren't ones you would never eat, either. This list includes some of your favorites, like red wine and avocados.
Here are five foods you probably consume every week that you didn't know were helping your body out in a big way:
Sweet potatoes are good for your pancreas.
Sweet potatoes definitely have an odd shape, but if you think about it, they're totally shaped like your pancreas. I know we don't often think or talk about pancreas health, but it's incredibly important.
Sweet potatoes help your blood sugar stay balanced and contain an antioxidant that helps protect the body from aging, as well as from cancer. Now you have more reasons to love sweet potatoes.
Grapefruit and oranges support breast health.
OK, the connection between oranges and grapefruit in terms of shape is pretty obvious. But besides that, oranges help breast health by aiding the movement of a colorless fluid called the lymph in and out of the breast.
Grapefruit helps prevent the development of human breast cells because it contains substances called limonoids. Who knew?
Your blood can benefit from red wine.
We love hearing about more reasons to drink red wine, so here's another for you. Red wine is full of polyphenols, which is an antioxidant that prevents cell damage.
It also contains resveratrol, which protects you and your blood against cholesterol. Essentially, red wine lowers your risk of heart disease. Cheers to that. Pour yourself another glass.
Avocados keep your uterus in check.
So, an avocado is shaped kind of like a uterus. Do you see it?
Either way, avocados contain folic acid, which helps reduce your risk of cancer developing in your cervix. If you eat one avocado a week, it helps balance your hormones, too.
Bananas boost your mood and keep you smiling.
Bananas, which look like a smile, are actually good for your mood. They contain a protein that converts into serotonin, which is a mood-regulating chemical in the brain.
Bananas basically act in the same way as antidepressants do to help the production of this chemical. So next time you're feeling down, just peel a banana and let that serotonin do its thing.
So, the next time you reach for one of these foods, just remember you're doing your body a ton of good.