Watermelon is the perfect summertime treat, but stopping to spit out the seeds can dampen enthusiasm for the fruit. Skittish adults might get nervous about choking on the seeds; kids fear that a rogue seed will cause a watermelon to grow in their stomachs. No need to worry, though! Experts say you should have zero fears — watermelon seeds are perfectly safe to eat.
If you get a mouthful of seeds along with that sweet, juicy watermelon flesh, it’s totally fine. Of course they won’t taste like much, so if you want something a little more interesting keep reading.
Like chia and flax seeds, watermelon seeds contain nutrients such as vitamin B, potassium, magnesium, and zinc, which studies have linked with various health benefits. They are also a good source of healthy fats and protein.
There’s a catch, however: To get the full dose of protein, you have to eat the seeds when they’re sprouted, and after you’ve gotten rid of that tough black shell. And that process takes at least a few days.
First the seeds have to soak in water overnight, and then you have to wait for a few days until they’re visibly sprouted. At that point, they’re ready to get dried in the oven, dehydrator, or under the sun. And after that, you can eat them as a healthy snack.
More on this will come your way in our next Health Tip. Stay with us.