What foods look like organs in your body?What foods look like organs in your body?

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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A fact related to this question was recently a final Jeopardy! question. It was worded something like, "This gland's name comes from its resemblance to an herb."  The correct answer was the thymus gland, which is apparently named due to its similarily to the herb thyme.

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A carrot slice looks like the eye. It even has a pupil and an iris. A tomato has four chambers and is red like the heart. Grapes hang in a cluster that is shaped like the heart. A walnut looks like a little brain.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Hahahaha!  What a fun question!  Well, kidney beans come to mind first (obviously representing the kidneys).  How about a red pepper to represent the heart?  An incredibly long strand to uncooked sausage for the small intestine?  A broccoli floret (or a small cluster of grapes) for the aveoli of the lungs?  To get a little more controversial, . . . how about a double dose of pomegranate for the ovaries of a woman (not to mention grapefruits or cantaloupes if you want to be euphemistic for the breasts) or a watermelon for the uterus with a baby inside or a hot dog for the famous male sexual organ?  Am I actually writing this on an educational website!?!  Well, at least it keeps learning interesting!!!  Ha!

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Carrots look like the pupil of an eye when sliced crosswise.  Carrots contain carotenoids which the body uses to make visual purple, a chemical that the eyes use for night time vision.

Walnuts look like little brains

Tomatoes and peppers are made in 4 chanbers and are red. The human heart has 4 chambers

Celery & rhubarb look like bones. And they are good for bones. Bones are 23% sodium, and amazingly, celery and rhubarb contain 23% sodium.

Avocadoes. pears  and Eggplant are similar in appearance to the human uterus.  Avocodoes are noted to balance women's hormones and possibly prevent cervical cancers.

Figs hang in twos and are full of tiny seeds. They resemble human testes. They contain nutrients that are known to increase sperm motility and sperm count.

Sweet potatoes look like the pancreas and are known to balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

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sathyam | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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What is the learning outcome of the above question "What foods look like organs in your body?"

The answers given above are pretty explict. Are these answers to be used to develop resource material for teaching primary grade students or is it part of a school project? I wish one would also give educational level of the student asking the question.

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elfgirl | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Well, I know this is maybe being obvious, but we eat the organs of Cows and Pigs and Sheep etc. And they look like the organs in our body.

So popular examples might be

  • Calves' Liver.
  • Steak and Kidney Pie
  • Haggis (made from a sheep's stomach)
  • Lamb's kidneys.
  • Beef heart stew.
  • Tripe (made from cow's stomach)

I've had sheep's brains curry in India. And Goat's testicles in Syria. My Polish mother-in-law makes an absolutely gorgeous Chicken Liver Stew.

So all these foods are farm animal's organs. And their organs look the same shape as ours (but not the same size).

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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A cauliflower looks freakily similar to the Human Brain. Aubergine/Eggplant looks like a liver. Hard boiled eggs look like eyes.