Can they be eaten and what effects do they have on the body?

Watermelon, also known as watermelon, is a fruit that is characterized by being rich in water, which helps the body and skin to stay hydrated. It also improves fluid retention and prevents the formation of kidney stones.

In addition to being diuretic, this fruit has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, digestive and antihypertensive properties, so its regular consumption provides various health benefits, says the wellness and health portal Tua Saude. This source explains that the color of this fruit is provided by lycopene, a compound with antioxidant properties.

Recognition of the benefits of the fruit is clear; however, it is possible that not much is known about those generated by its seeds, which also make nutritional and beneficial contributions to the body.

According to an article published in the newspaper The vanguardfrom Spain, the seeds of the watermelon are an important source of energy and therefore they are a recommended food for people who develop a high level of physical activity, while they are rich in proteins, which allow muscle development and tissue regeneration.

“Likewise, they provide healthy fats, as occurs with nuts, which regulate cholesterol levels in the blood. They also help eliminate toxins from the body thanks to their diuretic effect and fight constipation through their fiber”, specifies the aforementioned source.

In a similar vein, an article published in the daily The universal, de México, indicates that these seeds are a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.3 and 1.1 grams, respectively. These fats are known for protecting against heart attacks and strokes, as well as lowering “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood, says the American Heart Association.

Watermelon seeds are also rich in zinc, which helps strengthen the immune system and provides antioxidants that delay the signs of aging caused by the effects of free radicals on cells.

They are healthy

When buying a watermelon, many people value that it does not have seeds and there are even those who think that they cause intestinal problems, such as appendicitis or diverticulitis.

The Consumer portal, from Spain, cites a study published in International Journal of Nutrition and Food Scienceswhich concludes that watermelon seeds are a considerable source of nutrients in the diet and offer health benefits due to their content of fiber, minerals, phenolics and antioxidant activity.

The results of the research, in which three varieties of watermelon were analyzed, indicate that the seeds contain water up to 8.5%; carbohydrates (between 9.5% and 15.3%), proteins (between 16.3% and 17.7%), fats, fiber, minerals (especially potassium), in addition to generating energy.

This source indicates that watermelon seeds do not cause health problems and cites another study in which the subject was investigated by analyzing the appendix of almost 2,000 operated people and only found undigested plant remains in one of them.

“It is important to clarify that, contrary to popular belief, eating seeds does not increase the risk of suffering from intestinal conditions such as diverticulitis and that the clinical practice guidelines of the American Association of Gastroenterology do not find evidence to prohibit them in a general way in these patients” , cites the aforementioned portal.

forms of consumption

The usual thing is to consume these seeds as they are found in the fruit, along with it. But if people don’t like it, they can be dried and roasted to consume as a healthy snack or chopped to add to other recipes, as is done with nuts in salads. According to experts, young children should not eat watermelon seeds, especially to prevent choking.