Why do watermelons have so many seeds

Eating watermelon seeds - healthy or harmful?

By Laura Pomer | May 20, 2020, 5:32 p.m.

Are you painstakingly pounding the last stone out of every melon slice? With this you are supposedly not only wasting a lot of time and effort, but also valuable vitamins and minerals. You read that correctly: The seeds of the watermelon, of all things, are said to be super healthy food. FITBOOK knows how to eat them - and what a nutritionist says about it.

Watermelon seeds should contain plenty of vitamins A, B and C, as well as magnesium, iron and calcium. In addition, there is allegedly as much protein in 100 grams as in nuts. At least that's what some media report and elevate the kernels to superfoods that you can eat with a clear conscience - yes, even should.

Watermelon seeds as an ingredient for muesli, smoothie or tea

Different dosage forms are recommended. The easiest way to get their valuable ingredients is to eat them with the melon. It should be important not just to swallow the kernels, but to chew them well - this should enable vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids to be better processed and used by the body. Otherwise, there is still the option of pulverizing the watermelon seeds, for example in a blender, and stirring them into the muesli, smoothie or tea. Option three is to snack on dried watermelon seeds. 100 grams have a surprising 560 calories, so the snack is not entirely without it.

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Watermelon seeds were just an annoying side effect, strictly speaking rubbish - and now, of all people, should they be healthy? The avocado kernel has also experienced a hype: You shouldn't just throw it away, but boil it soft or grate it over the salad, which - in addition to a tart, bitter taste - should bring many nutrients into the food. A little research then showed that the alleged superfood in superfoods is not really as healthy as claimed on food blogs and websites, and even poisonous for humans (and animals). Is that the same with watermelon seeds?

Eating watermelon seeds: is it really that healthy?

FITBOOK has found various information on the nutritional values ​​and nutrients of watermelon seeds on the Internet. Uwe Knop, a qualified nutritionist, dares to doubt whether even one of them should be taken seriously. He doesn't know of any reputable source that has reliably measured the vitamin and mineral content of melon seeds several times - "and I don't know of any officially recognized 'nutritional information" ". Whether melon seeds are really that healthy - this question does not even arise for him.

The nutrition expert takes a pragmatic view: "If melon seeds were tasty, they would be eaten intuitively. People don't poke or spit them out for no reason, but because they interfere with the carefree enjoyment of the watermelon. ”And that's true, the kernels taste bitter. Fortunately, if you believe Knop, you don't have to force yourself to choke it down anyway.

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"Nobody needs even a single melon seed in their life"

The many nutrients that are sealed into the melon kernels are also contained in other foods - namely those that taste better. The author of the book (including "Nutritional mania: Why we don't have to be afraid of food") is certain: "Nobody needs even a single melon seed in their life to eat healthily." On the contrary ...

Knop reports to us about an investigation by the State Office for Consumer Protection, which took place a few years ago, but therefore did not unearth anything less unsavory: In 2008, aflatoxins were said to have been found in dried watermelon kernels, in amounts that exceeded the limit. Aflatoxins are so-called mycotoxins, i.e. potentially toxic metabolic products that occur in certain molds.

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These aflatoxins were also found in various dried fruit varieties, but less than in the kernels. This is likely to be due to the manufacturing process. But even if such annoying accessories no longer have to be expected - when asked by FITBOOK, Uwe Knop confirms that, depending on the amount of heat used, some of the celebrated vitamins can be destroyed during the drying process. "At least the heat-labile vitamins such as C definitely do not survive drying," he explains. "Vitamins A and B maybe."

Conclusion on eating watermelon seeds

“If you like chewing melon seeds, you should eat them too,” says Knop. He is referring to the fresh ones in the pulp, the dried ones can be saved anyway. If you don't like these things, just let it go - "it doesn't matter which great vital substances should be included". According to Knop, what doesn't taste good cannot be healthy. Otherwise the body wouldn't refuse it.

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