Watermelon is an extremely popular fruit. Whiles we all enjoy eating this sweet refreshing fruit, we usually discard the tiny seed scattered in it without realizing or knowing their health benefits. These seeds are loaded with nutrients including fatty acids, essential proteins and lots of minerals. These seeds are rich in Vitamin B like thiamine, niacin, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus and copper. Besides this, 100 grams provides around 600 grams of calories.
Watermelon seeds, also called as “tarboojkebeej” in Hindi are used in Asian and middle Eastern cuisines. Roasted watermelon seeds are served as a snack or used to garnish salads. In Nigeria, they are used in certain soups. Watermelon seed oil is extracted from these seeds which are beneficial for your hair and skin.
- Over 1,200 varieties of the fruit are grown across the world.
- In china and japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring to a host.
- Every parts of the watermelon are edible, the seeds and even the rings.
- Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide.
- The heaviest watermelon was grown in Tennessee in 2013, and it weighed over 350 pounds.
Watermelon seeds are considered to be low in calories and are nutrient dense with protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Here are what watermelon seeds nutrients represent in detail.
- Calories 2520 kj
- Carbohydrate 281kj
- Fat 1792kj
- Protein 444kj
- Alcohol -0.0kj
- Thiamin 0.2mg
- Riboflavin 0.2mg
- Niacin 3.8mg
- Vitamin B6 0.1mg
- Folate 62.6 mcg
- Calcium 58.3mg
- Iron 7.9mg
- Zinc 11.1mg
- Copper 0.7mg
- Manganese 1.7m
Your body requires amino acids but there are some essential amino acids such as arginine and lysine which the body cannot produce on its own and these have to be provided from food sources. They contain some of these essential amino acids such tryptophan and glutamic acids. Lysine helps in calcium absorption to facilitate the formation of collagen and connective tissues in the body whereas arginine improves the body’s metabolism, cardiovascular system and sexual health.
Watermelon seeds are good sources of magnesium with 100 grams of seeds providing 139 percent of the recommended daily requirement. Magnesium is vital for normal heart functioning, maintenance of normal blood pressure, supporting metabolic process and protein synthesis. It is also beneficial in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension besides controlling blood pressure and diabetes.
Watermelon seed also contains lycopene, which is good for your face and also helps in improving male fertility. Watermelon seeds are effective in recovering health after illness and also help in sharpening your memory.
These seeds are excellent sources of multivitamin B and can replace some of the supplements. Vitamin B present comprise of niacin, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid. B vitamins are vital for maintaining healthy blood, nervous system and effective immune response.
Some reports say that watermelon seeds can be used for treating diabetes. Boil a handful of watermelon seeds in 1-liter water for 45minutes, keeping the pot covered. This concoction should be taken every day like tea.