You may recall being explicitly told as child to not eat watermelon seeds or you may end up growing the gigantic fruit in your stomach. If you were anything like me you may have spent a good amount of time plucking each seed out before munching on the delicious treat.
You don’t have to stop taking each seed out but instead of throwing them out, use them. Watermelon seeds are packed with nutrients that are beneficial and healthy for you. The small seeds resemble sunflower seeds in look and flavour.
And it’s easy to eat them as a standalone snack or add them to your salads and tea. Either way, enjoy the benefits of eating the watermelon seeds without actually growing one in your belly. We promise it’s physically impossible to do so. We tried.
As a fruit, watermelons are not to be messed with.
Made up of 92% water, watermelons are highly hydrating. It has been known to help reduce inflammation.
Watermelons are packed with vitamins.
The fruit is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, B1, and B6. It also comes with a good source of potassium, thiamin, and magnesium.
Don’t discard the seeds.
The seeds also come packed with calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
Shell and dry the seeds for best results.
The seeds come with monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. These help reduce cholesterol levels and inflammation. It also lowers the risk for heart disease and stroke.
Men should be eating watermelon seeds!
The seeds contain lycopene, a compound known to help improve male fertility.
The seed oil is great for skin and hair.
The oil from the seed contains fatty acids that can be applied to the hair to prevent breakage. It also rejuvenates the skin’s elasticity.
You can get part of your protein intake here.
Protein is important for muscle repair and growth. One cup of dried seeds equals about 30 grams of protein.
Long term effect.
Eating watermelon seeds are also known to keep your memory sharp.
The seeds are recommended for diabetics.
Boil a handful of seeds in hot water for about 45 minutes. Drink it like a warm tea afterwards to help control diabetes.
Start making and drinking watermelon tea.
This diuretic tea helps with cleansing the kidneys and bladder. It is also recommended to drink when dealing with kidney stones.