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Plants that look like body parts

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 06, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Since going Paleo, I've read my fair share about phytates, lectins, etc. Throw in a couple evolutionary psychology blogs that argue that plants don't want to be eaten (and that we shouldn't be eating ANY of them) and I start to wonder about the evil, natural pesticides and other chemicals lurking in my delicious looking bowl of blueberries. But, if this is all true, why are there so many plants that look like the body parts they're good for? I remember reading a book as a kid that talked about this. It was something like this: http://docakilah.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/foods-that-look-like-body-parts-theyre-good-for/, but more in-depth. Is nature just trying to tell us that these plants are safe, and all the others are homicidal?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 07, 2012
at 01:48 PM

In more ways than one.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 07, 2012
at 01:26 AM

So spikey cucumbers would harm females though?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 06, 2012
at 10:36 PM

The green color could be off putting.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on August 06, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Karen, there are still lots of cultures that believe in this theory. I never said I do or don't. I think with enough myopic vision, we could find a way to condemn every "food" on this earth, which I think Paleohackers have a tendency to do sometimes. Once again, missing the sarcastic tone of the question.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on August 06, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Thanks! Love it!

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on August 06, 2012
at 04:45 PM

+1 for the "Silence of the Lambs" reference!

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 06, 2012
at 02:03 PM

Not if you are male.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 06, 2012
at 01:19 PM

Doctrine of signatures?! Seriously? I thought that idea went out in the 1500s or so. Science is good; maybe you should check out the more current versions.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 06, 2012
at 05:47 AM

I don't generally joke about other people's honest opinions, so long as they aren't advocating something dangerous or just being outright silly with their arguments ("What's wrong with chemicals in our food? Don't you know water is a chemical?!")

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on August 06, 2012
at 05:19 AM

You can joke without condemning.... It's a cool question to explore. No harm in experimenting with ideas intellectually.

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on August 06, 2012
at 03:44 AM

While I doubt it goes that far, it does seem like plants signal themselves via appearance. Poisonous plants and mild altering plants seem to have characteristic flowers. For example - nightshades.

C0d44d0c62dcf60e8a80ae21411ddeb9

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on August 06, 2012
at 03:26 AM

all righty then...

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 06, 2012
at 03:23 AM

Okay, we're allies then! It's probably a side effect of kicking my stand-up comedy habit. My snark has got to come out somewhere and I no longer have a stage to stand on and an audience to subject to it, so... you're welcome, Internet.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on August 06, 2012
at 03:21 AM

Ha! I guess I more meant - are Paleohackers taking this site wayyyyyy too seriously? Where's the fun and sarcasm?

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on August 06, 2012
at 03:16 AM

Ha! I guess I more meant - are Paleohackers taking this site wayyyyyy to seriously? Where's the fun and sarcasm?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 06, 2012
at 03:07 AM

OMG walnuts do kinda look like lil brains, if you can keep them whole! And to be honest and depending which side seems bitchy to you, I contribute heavily to the bitchy. :)

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on August 06, 2012
at 03:07 AM

Woooooooooooooooooo! (for once, the character limit plays to my advantage; two o's just would not have sufficed.)

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on August 06, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Walnuts are the brain builders! Haha. Is it just me...or has Paleohacks taken on a really bitchy tone?

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on August 06, 2012
at 02:20 AM

i'm also not a huge paleo blog reader, but i've noticed a trend of some paleo-ers (that write blogs) barely eating fruits or veggies - hence the semi silly question.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on August 06, 2012
at 02:17 AM

not trolling. not religious. semi light-hearted question, duh. sure, probably good for all animals. so, medicinal systems like ayurveda are not that old in the grand scheme of things, but ayurveda mentions these things.

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on August 06, 2012
at 02:15 AM

i just read further down that page and see that you must be trolling. this is the dumbest thing ever. boobs look like citrus? onions look like cells?! sorry i took the bait.. have fun!

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C0d44d0c62dcf60e8a80ae21411ddeb9

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on August 06, 2012
at 02:11 AM

Are you trolling? OR

Are you religious? AND/OR

Have you forgotten how to think critically?

Do you think these regional plants are good for the health of the individual organs of all the other animals of the earth as well as humans? Or are humans just magically special in this way?

C0d44d0c62dcf60e8a80ae21411ddeb9

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on August 06, 2012
at 03:26 AM

all righty then...

C0d44d0c62dcf60e8a80ae21411ddeb9

(370)

on August 06, 2012
at 02:15 AM

i just read further down that page and see that you must be trolling. this is the dumbest thing ever. boobs look like citrus? onions look like cells?! sorry i took the bait.. have fun!

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

(531)

on August 06, 2012
at 02:17 AM

not trolling. not religious. semi light-hearted question, duh. sure, probably good for all animals. so, medicinal systems like ayurveda are not that old in the grand scheme of things, but ayurveda mentions these things.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

(531)

on August 06, 2012
at 02:20 AM

i'm also not a huge paleo blog reader, but i've noticed a trend of some paleo-ers (that write blogs) barely eating fruits or veggies - hence the semi silly question.

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on August 06, 2012
at 08:52 AM

"Why are there so many plants that look like the body parts they're good for?"

Pure coincidence. If I tried I could probably make a list of plants that look like the body part they're bad for. Let me give it a try:

That is the fungi gyromitra esculenta, or the false morel. Kind of looks like a brain doesn't it? It contains the toxin gyromitrin, which has a number of negative effects. Gyromitrin can cause dizziness, lethargy, vertigo, headaches, and in high doses, severe neurological disfunction, seizures, coma, and death. Sounds like it's pretty bad for the brain doesn't it? Or there's this:

These are berries from the Arum Lily. In big clumps like the ones in the upper right they sort of look like alveoli of the lungs. When consumed, the berries have a tendency to inflame the lining of the throat, leading to difficulty breathing. Finally this:

On the left in this picture we have fava beans. I've never had fava beans myself, although I hear they're pretty good with liver and a nice chiani. On the right we have red blood cells. I think there is some resemblance between the two. Uncooked fava beans contain the toxin divicine. Divicine is hemotoxic, because it destroys red blood cells. So fava beans are perhaps bad for red blood cells.

Anyway, my point in all of this; what a plant looks like is not really the best measure of its health effects.

Also, just because plants don't want to be eaten doesn't mean they're bad for us.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on August 06, 2012
at 04:45 PM

+1 for the "Silence of the Lambs" reference!

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

(531)

on August 06, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Thanks! Love it!

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 06, 2012
at 02:52 AM

In the vein of your light-hearted question -

Which plant looks like brains? I know some Hackers I'd like to feed it to.

Also, I have heard that is why ginseng is promoted as such a healthy thing - because the root looks like a little human so it is good for the whole body!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 06, 2012
at 03:07 AM

OMG walnuts do kinda look like lil brains, if you can keep them whole! And to be honest and depending which side seems bitchy to you, I contribute heavily to the bitchy. :)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 06, 2012
at 05:47 AM

I don't generally joke about other people's honest opinions, so long as they aren't advocating something dangerous or just being outright silly with their arguments ("What's wrong with chemicals in our food? Don't you know water is a chemical?!")

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

(531)

on August 06, 2012
at 03:21 AM

Ha! I guess I more meant - are Paleohackers taking this site wayyyyyy too seriously? Where's the fun and sarcasm?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 06, 2012
at 03:23 AM

Okay, we're allies then! It's probably a side effect of kicking my stand-up comedy habit. My snark has got to come out somewhere and I no longer have a stage to stand on and an audience to subject to it, so... you're welcome, Internet.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

(531)

on August 06, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Walnuts are the brain builders! Haha. Is it just me...or has Paleohacks taken on a really bitchy tone?

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

(531)

on August 06, 2012
at 03:16 AM

Ha! I guess I more meant - are Paleohackers taking this site wayyyyyy to seriously? Where's the fun and sarcasm?

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on August 06, 2012
at 05:19 AM

You can joke without condemning.... It's a cool question to explore. No harm in experimenting with ideas intellectually.

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on August 06, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I've seen an eggplant with a nose shaped like Jimmy Durante. It was good for a laugh.

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 06, 2012
at 12:43 PM

So about cucumbers and zucchini... are they going to harm me?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on August 06, 2012
at 02:03 PM

Not if you are male.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 06, 2012
at 10:36 PM

The green color could be off putting.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 07, 2012
at 01:26 AM

So spikey cucumbers would harm females though?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on August 07, 2012
at 01:48 PM

In more ways than one.

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