You Are What You Eat

Does nature give us obvious hints on the foods we should be eating?

1. Walnut


The resemblance between this nut and a brain is remarkable. Not only does a walnut have the intricate folds of the brain, it is also divided into a left and right side just as our brain is. Walnuts are packed with essential fatty acids which are needed for optimum brain and nervous system performance.

2. Tomato


Slice a tomato in half and you will notice the multiple chambers it appears to have which look similar to the chambers of the heart. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which has been found to benefit heart health and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by preventing the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

3. Celery


Lean stalks of celery look very similar to the long bones in the human body and they are good for them too! As well as celery being a very popular diet aid due to the low calorific value, one stalk of celery also contains ~26mg of calcium which is essential to the development and maintenance of strong, healthy bones.

4. Carrots


Remember when you were told that if you ate carrots you would be able to see in the dark? Well, carrots are actually linked with eye health and the cross-section of a carrot looks very similar to the human eye. Beta-carotene found in carrots is linked with reducing the risk of developing cataracts and protecting against macular degeneration.

5. Grapes


A bunch of grapes appear to be a magnified version of the structure of alveoli in the lungs. Studies have found links between the consumption of fresh grapes and reducing the risk of lung cancer and emphysema. The seeds of grapes also contain a chemical called proanthocyanidin which is thought to reduce severity of asthma.

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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