Watermelon seeds: benefits and how to consume

Many people are unsure whether or not to eat watermelon seeds. Some, for fear of the answer, end up avoiding ingesting the fruit seeds, consuming only the fruit pulp. What a lot of people don’t know is that, in general, almost no fruit seeds are bad. The watermelon ones are on this list and, in fact, they are very beneficial to the body.

As a sweet and beautiful fruit, watermelon is well accepted by consumers, especially children and teenagers.

It is diuretic and provides vitamins B1, B2, A and C , in addition to nutrients such as calcium and phosphorus, which guarantee the production of beta-carotene, lycopene and glutathione, antioxidants that protect the body against premature aging, cell oxidation and cancer .

But it’s not just the red flesh of the fruit and the white part between the flesh and the skin that are rich in nutrients, watermelon seeds have benefits that even the other parts of the fruit don’t offer. Check out:

Benefits of watermelon seeds

In the nutritional composition of watermelon seeds it is possible to find fats, proteins, iron and other nutrients. In some parts of the world, they are toasted and served as a snack or as a complement to meals.

Like most seeds, they help with bowel function and fight constipation . In addition, due to its nutrient-rich composition, seeds have energy value due to lycopene, an antioxidant that helps in the body’s functions.

The seeds help to keep nails, hair and skin beautiful and healthy, due to the vitamins and salts in their nutritional composition.

Among the main vitamins and minerals are calcium, iron , thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc , copper and manganese.

In addition, Watermelon seeds are made up of about 35% high quality proteins and, of the nine essential amino acids, the proteins in this seed rank well in almost all but lysine.

But don’t be fooled into thinking that consuming watermelon seeds is just a thousand wonders. In a cup of these seeds there are about 600 calories, with more than half of them coming from the fat in its composition. So it is not very recommended for those who want to lose weight .

It also contains oil in its composition and, when ingested naturally, they are difficult to digest. Therefore, they can be harmful for digestion and for those who have stomach problems.

How to consume watermelon seeds?

A better option is to grind the seeds in a food processor or blender and produce a watermelon seed meal, which helps to complement snacks, juices and meals. Add a tablespoon of the flour in juices and at lunch, for example.

You can also use the seeds in making watermelon juice. If you can grind before taking it to a blender, even better. Remember to strain afterwards.

In African countries, they are roasted in a skillet and served as snacks, snacks and snacks, but it is important to remember that it is a caloric option.

It is very important to chew the seed well if you are going to eat it whole. This is essential for the body to absorb nutrients. Otherwise, the seed is difficult to digest and may not be of any use in the digestive process, further hampering this stage.

Another option is to infuse the seeds. Grind 40 grams of watermelon seed and add to half a liter of boiling water. Leave for half an hour and then wait for it to cool.

Strain then and bring the infusion to a blender with 150 grams of cut watermelon (seedless). Beat and drink ice cream. You can keep it in the fridge for drinking throughout the week.

watermelon seed tea

This tea recipe is one of the ways to consume the seeds and it also helps in various body functions. It has vasodilating properties, helping to combat sexual impotence and blood circulation.

Serves to eliminate worms from the body and fight and prevent hypertension. It is also a diuretic tea, which helps the body not to retain fluid.

To prepare, separate about 2 tablespoons of seeds and allow to dehydrate overnight. With the dehydrated seeds, bring to half a liter of water and bring to the fire. When it reaches the boiling point, cover the pan and turn off the heat.

When it’s warm, drink it without the seeds. Can strain for ease. It can also be consumed cold, and ideally, it should be drunk fresh, on the same day as it is prepared, but not all at once. Drink small amounts throughout the day.

don’t eat any seeds

After seeing the benefits of the watermelon seed, don’t get excited and think that every seed is edible and is good for you. Some fruit seeds are not suitable for consumption and can cause problems for the body.

Apple seed, for example, cannot be ingested. They contain amygdalin, a compound that produces cyanide when it comes into contact with enzymes in the human body. Cyanide generates a dangerous type of poison that is even capable of killing. Eating a seed or two by accident doesn’t kill you, but you have to be careful.

Amygdalin is also present in peach, pear, cherry and apricot pits. All these seeds must not be consumed or included in recipes.

The cashew nuts , seeds considered too, can not be eaten raw as it has toxins that generate skin problems such as dermatitis and inflammation. If consumed raw and in large quantities, it can even kill. It only removes these toxins when it is roasted.

Ellie Lauderdale

My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.

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