Can you Eat Watermelon Seeds?

I never ate a watermelon earlier because I was worried a large melon would grow into my stomach in case I happened to eat the seeds. As we all know, watermelon seeds are so tiny that it is not easy to remove them all before you can eat the juicy pulp. Well…. As I grew, I realized that watermelons don’t grow in the stomachs. However, I still wanted to be sure watermelon seeds were safe to eat. And this is what I found out.

Are watermelon seeds safe to eat?

Watermelon seeds are absolutely safe to eat. You can eat these seeds raw from the fruit.

Also, they can be easily chewed, swallowed, and digested. They are non-toxic and produce no adverse effect on the stomach or other organs of the body.

On the contrary, you will be able to improve your health if you eat the seeds along with the fruit. Let me share with you the benefits of eating watermelon seeds.

What are the health benefits of watermelon seeds?

  • Not many people know that watermen seeds contain a rich amount of proteins. These seeds have two major forms of proteins called albumin and globulin. These proteins can help in supporting the vital functions of the body including growth and repair of the damaged and worn out tissues and help you avoid disease caused due to protein deficiency. [1]
  • Watermelons have high water content, which is what makes it the must-eat fruit during warm summer months to prevent dehydration. Most patients also suffer from digestive disturbances such as constipation due to the lack of proper hydration. The high water content of watermelons can help to ease the passage of stools and thus, prevent constipation. These benefits of eating watermelons can be enhanced by consuming the seeds of this fruit along with the pulp. The seeds contain dietary fibers that can make the stools bulky and softer thereby providing relief from constipation. [2]
  • Watermelon seeds contain several nutrients and medicinal compounds such as linolenic acid, palmitoleic acid, and myristic acid. These constituents can help to reduce cholesterol levels. Linolenic acid is a form of omega 3 fatty acid that can also reduce the risk of heart attacks, high cholesterol, and stroke. [3]

The high water content of watermelons makes it one of the best fruits you should eat in summer to stay hydrated. And when you eat a watermelon, there is no need to remove the seeds as they are themselves loaded with proteins and other nutrients that can enhance your health.

References:

  1. Wani, Ali Abas, Dalbir Singh Sogi, Preeti Singh, Idrees Ahmed Wani, and Uma S Shivhare. “Characterisation and Functional Properties of Watermelon (Citrullus Lanatus) Seed Proteins.” Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. U.S. National Library of Medicine, January 15, 2011. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20824684.
  2. Wani AA, Sogi DS, Singh P, Khatkar BS. Influence of watermelon seed protein concentrates on dough handling, textural and sensory properties of cookies. J Food Sci Technol. 2015;52(4):2139–2147. doi:10.1007/s13197-013-1224-3
  3. Albishri HM, Almaghrabi OA, Moussa TA. Characterization and chemical composition of fatty acids content of watermelon and muskmelon cultivars in Saudi Arabia using gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy. Pharmacogn Mag. 2013;9(33):58–66. doi:10.4103/0973-1296.108142