During this period of the year watermelon is in high demand. On a hot day a slice of watermelon from the fridge is ideal for cooling off. However, the seeds bother people and Americans don’t even like them anymore, and the producers give people what they want. Americans want convenience not healthy.
The seeds of watermelon are a miracle for our kidneys. They contain zinc, iron, omega 6, protein and fiber that absorb light. In addition to the antioxidant effect, the seeds are diuretic and protects against kidney stones. Moreover, the seeds have the highest concentration of lycopene compared to any other vegetable or other fresh fruit, thus preventing myocardial infarction.
Watermelon seeds also contain selenium, essential fats and vitamin E, which fight against free radicals.
A good recipe is to leave the pits to dry and then grind them in a coffee grinder. The powder obtained can be mixed with yogurt, milk or added to a fruit smoothie.
Watermelon seeds are rich in protein, specifically in 150 grams of dried seeds are 30.6 grams of protein or 61% of the recommended daily value.
Watermelon seeds are rich in B vitamins, without which nutrients from food can not be converted into energy.
The most abundant mineral in the pits of watermelons is magnesium. A cup of kernels contains 140% of the RDA of magnesium. Other important minerals they contain are phosphorus, iron, potassium, sodium, manganese and zinc.
Watermelon seed proteins contain essential amino acids, among which the most important are: arginine which has the ability to regulate blood pressure and to improve the suffering of small arteries. The seeds contain tryptophan, glutamic acid and lysine.
The most surprising thing that can be said about watermelon seeds is the amount of healthy fats they contain. In 150 grams of dry seeds are 51 grams of monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat and omega 3 and omega 6.