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Damon
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Watermelon is a diamond on my SWAMI, yet watermelon seeds are a black dot.

Do you think its 'OK' to eat watermelon seeds when you don't chew on them? When eating a watermelon, there are soooo many of those seeds in there, its almost impossible (or really time-consuming) to not eat (many) seeds. But I figured the watermelon seeds probably aren't digested by your body anyway, and the 'non-chewed' seeds are possibly neutral instead of a (black dot) avoid?

Any insights?
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I hadn't noticed water melon seeds was an avoid on mine also.  I'm wondering if it's just the black seeds? Or if it includes those small white ones which are impossible to avoid.


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I wouldn't worry too much about it. It's a black dot, not an outright avoid, and it's part of the whole "watermelon package."


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They're actually a genoharmonic food for me, so I make sure to not spit them out.  But yeah, black dot????  I wouldn't worry about it too much.  I've heard doctor D say it's more about eating the right foods than not eating the wrong ones.  Or at least I thought I read him saying that somewhere.  I'm sure you can avoid a few seed here and there, but yeah, it'd be hard to miss them all.


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Still, there are an awful lot of seeds in one slice of watermelon. Since watermelon itself is a diamond for me I'd like to incorporate it into my diet frequently; yet I obviously wouldn't want to eat black dots on a similar frequent basis..
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Still, there are an awful lot of seeds in one slice of watermelon. Since watermelon itself is a diamond for me I'd like to incorporate it into my diet frequently; yet I obviously wouldn't want to eat black dots on a similar frequent basis..


The answer is, as always, do the best you can.

The seeds tend to run in clusters. A spoon can pull quite a few before they ever reach your mouth. If you cut thinner slices or cut into smaller pieces (cubes, etc) may be helpful too.

If you think you are still getting too many seeds it may be a reason to eat less watermelon.
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I always assumed the rating was for watermelon seeds eaten by themselves as a snack.
I buy them a pound at a time. Most people buy smaller packets.

They are a snack food like sunflower seeds.

If you swallow a watermelon seed without chewing it up, I presume it would pass through the digestive tract mostly undigested.


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I always assumed the rating was for watermelon seeds eaten by themselves as a snack.
I buy them a pound at a time. Most people buy smaller packets.

They are a snack food like sunflower seeds.

If you swallow a watermelon seed without chewing it up, I presume it would pass through the digestive tract mostly undigested.


The listing at USDA Nutrient database says this:

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Watermelon, raw
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Refuse: 48%  (Rind, seeds, and cutting loss)
Scientific Name:  Citrullus lanatus
NDB No: 09326 (Nutrient values and weights are for edible portion)


As the seeds are listed as refuse it is assumed they are not included in the nutrient data, a significant part of the food rating for SWAMI.

By contrast, the listing for watermelon seeds only lists the seed coat as refuse.

I would agree that whole seeds should pass through with limited dietary effect.
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Thanks for reactions and I think I will not worry about seeds, I think the point about "watermelon seeds eaten by themselves as a snack" is probably the avoid more than the odd few.


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Where do you find these "watermelon seeds sold as a snack"? I have watermelon seeds as a diamond on my SWAMI, but the only watermelon seeds I can find anywhere are sold inside watermelons- and even then I can mostly find seedless watermelons!


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Watermelon is a neutral on my swami but the seeds are a superfood?!
I love it and eat it on a weekly basis when in season.


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Where do you find these "watermelon seeds sold as a snack"? I have watermelon seeds as a diamond on my SWAMI, but the only watermelon seeds I can find anywhere are sold inside watermelons- and even then I can mostly find seedless watermelons!


I get them at flea markets that cater to Hispanics.

Can also be found at Mexican Grocers and Asian or Hawaiian markets


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OK, there's an Asian market not far from me- I'll have to check them out soon. There aren't any Hispanic or Hawaiin markets near me.


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It's a rather old post, but for the current 'generation' of "seedless" watermelons, there are many white seeds inside and water melon seeds are a full avoid on my SWAMI.

Do i really need to dig out the seeds each time i eat them..?

Till now, i've no idea why the seeds are an avoid. Anyone has a clue?


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It's a rather old post, but for the current 'generation' of "seedless" watermelons, there are many white seeds inside and water melon seeds are a full avoid on my SWAMI.

Do i really need to dig out the seeds each time i eat them..?

Till now, i've no idea why the seeds are an avoid. Anyone has a clue?

I can't tell you if there is enough seed in the seedless watermelon to cause a problem.

My guess is that there is some combination of nutrients or lectins in watermelon seeds that you don't need more of, so SWAMI has set it as an avoid for you.
Here is a site showing some nutrition content of the seeds:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/24243-health-benefits-watermelon-seeds/


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The health protocols have Citrulline in type B items and its derived from watermelons or the seeds.

So it's rather strange to be an avoid. The only issue would be the calorie content in the seeds, but even so it would've been a black dot if it's a metabolic inhibitor.

What do you think?


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The only issue would be the calorie content in the seeds,

Disagree
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but even so it would've been a black dot if it's a metabolic inhibitor.



Not sure how one knows that


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The health protocols have Citrulline in type B items and its derived from watermelons or the seeds.

So it's rather strange to be an avoid. The only issue would be the calorie content in the seeds, but even so it would've been a black dot if it's a metabolic inhibitor.

There are many examples of one part of a food being beneficial while other parts or the whole are avoid.

Per Typebase, there is a lectin in watermelon.  Whether the lectin is in the seeds and is part of the problem, or some other reason the seeds are avoid for you, I don't know.


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ABjoe, you might be right about that. B's don't do well with seeds/ beans maybe it falls under the same category. but darn, it's a real hassle to remove the white seeds


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ABjoe, you might be right about that. B's don't do well with seeds/ beans maybe it falls under the same category. but darn, it's a real hassle to remove the white seeds


As noted earlier in the thread I am not sure you have to.  I am not sure what level of compliance you strive for. But I would just knock off the exposed seed where I cut it, spit out anything that I felt while chewing, and not worry about a few missed seeds.


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