Surprise! You’ve been skipping out on one of the healthiest parts of your favorite summertime treat.
Many kids grow up with the strange assumption that swallowing a watermelon seed will make it grow inside their stomach. It’s a frightening idea that causes many people to pluck every seed out of the melon until they reach the point of exhaustion. If you’re still in the habit of performing surgery on your watermelon, you officially have permission to stop.
If you just can’t stop plucking the seeds out, simply remove them and wait for them to sprout. You’ll be on your way to enjoying an incredibly healthy snack. According to the Vegetarian Times, sprouted watermelon seeds have higher levels vitamin B, magnesium, protein, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Those are healthy fats that can lower your cholesterol levels and risk for both heart disease and stroke.
If you don’t feel like going through the process of preparing the seeds yourself, you can find sprouted versions ready-to-eat in many health food stores. Either way, make sure you enjoy all the hidden benefits that watermelons have to offer.