Ingestion, accidentally or not, of the seeds or lumps of some fruits and vegetables, does not pose a threat to health, much less is it possible that this seed or lump develops in our body. Quite the contrary, experts say, some lumps and seeds offer as many or more nutrients as the pulp itself. The important thing is that we do not ingest them in large quantities.
For example, the avocado core contains up to 70% more antioxidants, which help fight aging, than the fruit itself. Watermelon seeds are rich in vitamins and minerals that help keep our hair, nails and skin healthy. In this case, these seeds should be well chewed or beaten in the blender together with the watermelon pulp, so that their nutrients are absorbed properly.
So, can we eat seeds and lumps without worry? In fact, while they are not harmful to our health, when ingested in moderation, certain lumps and seeds carry along with nutrients certain “anti-nutritional” elements that may be slightly toxic. Therefore, your intake should be as in all cases of healthy and balanced eating, done in a moderate way.
Is there poison?
In the case of apple seeds, there is a compound named amygdalin, which in contact with the enzymes in the human body releases small doses of cyanide (which produces a poisonous gas).
Swallowing one or two seeds will not hurt, according to a study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it would take about 200 apple seeds on average to feel the effects of this gas, some symptoms were shortness of breath and seizures.
This same substance, cyanide, is also present in cherry, apricot, peach and pear seeds. So, in these cases, and without health benefits, the ideal is not to consume them.
Raw cashew nuts are also harmful to the body. This chestnut produces a toxin called urushiol, which can generate dermatitis or inflammations on the skin, in the latter case it can even kill. This nut should always be consumed after being toasted or toasted.
According to experts, the old story that swallowing seeds may result in appendicitis is nothing more than a myth. The inflammation in the appendix (which is an extension of the intestine) is caused by its obstruction from excess mucus (coming from the intestine) or by the increase of the tissue itself and not by seeds or lumps that may reach there, as many still believe.
Already the story of growing a tree inside the body of the human being is just another myth. To develop, a plant needs light, water and carbon dioxide, are three ingredients difficult to find in the human body, much less in its interior.