Eat Watermelon Seeds for Your Health!
When you ate watermelon, have you ever thought eating watermelon seeds? I think the popular answer is “no”, just as I do. Actually, benefits of watermelon seeds are no less than watermelon itself. So considering the nutrient-packed in watermelon seeds and health benefits of watermelon seeds, we should stop spitting or discarding watermelon seeds and just eat them.
However, due to the hard shell of watermelon seeds, it is essential either to process watermelon seeds by melon seeds shelling machine to remove the shells or chew them thoroughly to derive the health benefits of watermelon seeds. If you eat unshelled watermelon seeds without chewing thoroughly, you will not obtain the benefits of watermelon seed nutrients.
Nutritional Benefits of Watermelon Seeds
Watermelon seeds are loaded with nutrients including fatty acids, essential proteins and lots of minerals. Watermelon kernels, taken out of the hard shell, are close to 30 percent protein. And they are rich in B vitamins like thiamine, niacin, folate, and minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus and copper. Furthermore, 100 grams of watermelon seeds can supply 600 grams of calories.
Health Benefits of Watermelon Seeds
Amino acids supplied by watermelon seeds can help in improvement of body metabolism, cardiovascular system; magnesium contained in watermelon seeds has beneficial effect in treating cardiovascular diseases, hypertension; B vitamins are essential in maintaining the nervous system, digestive system and skin health; fatty acid extracted from seeds can paralyze tapeworms and round warms, etc..
Uses of Watermelon Seeds
Due to the nutritional and health benefits of watermelon seeds, they can be used as a popular snack just like sunflower seeds or used for culinary and medical purposes. The seeds also can be made into beneficial products, including watermelon seed oil, tea and extract.
Generally, as a snack, watermelon seeds are usually sold roasted or salted in the shell.
For culinary purposes, they are usually hulled watermelon seeds, which can used to make garnish cakes, various yummy desserts and also used as a part in preparing special salads and soups.
As to the medical uses of watermelon seeds we can see from the health benefits mentioned earlier.
As a beneficial product, watermelon seed oil is the first one. The watermelon seed oil is extracted from the watermelon seeds which have been shelled mechanically by the melon seeds shelling machine. The high content of omega acids and Linoleic acid within the oil assist in the removal of excess sebum within in the skin ensuring the skin is cleansed. The watermelon seeds oil can be used to dissolve the oil build up in the pores and so it is best for oily skin. Thus watermelon seed oil is primarily used for cosmetics. Its stable shelf life, light texture and moisturizing prosperities make it a suitable emollient.