Unwillingness to peel the pulp from the seeds can lead to digestive disorders and death. The watermelon season has already begun, but not everyone knows how to eat it properly. Nutritionist Maria Rozanova warned about the dangers of eating watermelons with seeds. According to the expert, unwillingness to peel the flesh from the seeds can lead to digestive disorders.
“If you accidentally swallow a few seeds, nothing terrible will happen, but in large quantities, they can cause clogging of the digestive tract and the development of certain pathologies,” she says. In addition, she says, a number of categories of people are strictly forbidden to swallow watermelon seeds.
First of all, this applies to children under the age of three, pregnant women, and people with certain diseases.
She noted that for the most vulnerable category of people, this could end in disaster. “Watermelon seeds contain the amino acid citrulline, which breaks down in the human body with the release of ammonia. For healthy people, there is nothing wrong with this, but in the presence of certain diseases of the urinary system and the development of citrullinemia, health can be significantly harmed,” Rozanova explained.