Myth or Fact? #24 – Watermelon Seeds will grow inside your Stomach

in science •  last year


Welcome my dear Steemian friends to a new episode of Myth or Fact!

Summer is coming and with it the promise of sun, hot temperatures and lots of fun! It’s the time to get out and meet with friends. Sandy beaches and green meadows are inviting to have a nice picnic. What do you pack for your picnic? I love to have some fresh salad and juicy fruits, especially watermelon! The refreshing and juicy taste of a big pink slice of watermelon releases tons of dopamine in my body and makes me happy. All of a sudden I feel it – a seed is flushing down my throat! A film unfolds before my eyes: I have a big belly and a watermelon grows inside it!

As I was a child my mother kept telling me to never swallow a watermelon seed because it will grow in my stomach. And now I am sitting here, with a seed inside me and afraid of what will happen next. Time to call the doc or relax and eat some more seeds?
Let’s find out!

Germination


Let’s be honest, most likely all of us know watermelon seeds will not grow in your stomach. But why? In the following I will explain how a seed grows, why it cannot grow in your body and why you even should eat seeds!
The process of seeds growing into plants is called germination. A plant seed contains an embryo and a storage of nutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) which is wrapped by a coat.
After a phase of dormancy, the seed will become active and start to grow. Several environmental stimuli can end the dormancy. This period is vital since the plant must know when to grow, preferably after wintertime.
The seedling’s root will push into the soil and absorb water from there. Through the water the plant gets its minerals from the soils, supporting the development. The larger the plant grows the larger the root becomes since the plant needs more water. In the same time a stem emerges from the seed and grows upwards. The seed turns into a seedling.
There are two ways a seed can grow (depending on the species):

Hypogeaous germination

Hypogeaous germination is observed when a seed grows the part between the seed leaves and the primary leaves first. This way the seed leaves will stay in the soil and perform no photosynthesis.


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Epigaic germination

Epigaic germination occurs when the part between the root and cotyledons (seed leaves) penetrates the soil first and the seed leaves follow, recognizable by the hook it builds. Cotyledons are photosynthetically active until the primary leaves grow.


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Once it breaks through the soil the stage of germination ends. From now on the plant needs more nutrients than given in the seed coat, the plant will carry out photosynthesis, a process in which the plant turns light energy into chemical energy which is stored in carbohydrate molecules. It takes carbon dioxide and water and turns it into sugar and oxygen. Notice anything? Plants produce the oxygen we need to live!


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Not the best place to grow!


Watermelon seeds will not grow in your stomach, they will simply go through your digestive system. Unless you have soils in your stomach this story is just an old wives’ tale. The human body is an hostile environment for any seeds. The lack of nutrients, no sunlight and gastric acid will extinguish any seed that tries to grow. Plants are very sensitive living organisms, they will only grow under right condition such as the right amount of water, warmth, nutrients from the soil and light. How much a plant needs depends on its origin and species. A cactus will need less water than a rainforest tree.

Seeds in general are healthy! I recommend you to dry watermelon seeds and peel them. They contain a high amount of proteins, vitamins, minerals and the best thing is they are low carb!

Next time your in the nature go and hug a tree, say him thanks for supplying you with all the oxygen you need.


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What is inside my stomach than?

There are some superstitions in people's mind. But these myths can be understood when thinking argumentatively and scientifically.

Piratebay seeds are not even growing online. :(

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Didn't think of these seeds lol!

I hugged a tree a while ago, nature really respects you back when you show appreciation and love!

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Well done

Haha love this! Reminds me of the Rugrats Episode where Angelica swallows a watermelon seed and it starts to grow in her stomach. (childhood cartoon for those of you who dont know what the Rugrats are) not sure why that has stuck with me all these years lol anyway...
Great post! :)

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I actually know that cartoon! :D seems you enjoyed that scene

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Lol glad you got my reference!! 😂

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I was about to comment the exact same thing, but had a feeling someone else was on top of it. "Find" bar for the win!

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hello

Haha now I know the reason. As kids we always took this thing very seriously and I remember being paranoid after swallowing a couple of seeds. Now I know they won't grow no matter how many I end up swallowing :)

I love your content @timsaid! This is very cool how this guy can back basically anything up with tons of evidence.

This brings a smile to my face! I just told my two grand sons NOT to swallow the seeds! They are 2 and 4! I love it.

@timsaid, first of all, I wanted to thank you for another great post. And I've got a question - I hope that you will not find it too forward of me. I'm also a science enthusiast and I'm going to start my own science series of posts here on Steemit (I'm working on the first one at this very moment). Can I link it to you when I'll post it? You probably don't follow me at this moment and I would really appreciate your opinion and suggestions. Probably it will take me a few days to post it, but I thought I will ask you right away. Thank you in advance :) Cheers!

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Followed you, looking forward to see it!
I appreciate your work and enthusiasm

Steem on!

I'm gonna stick to sunflower seeds and hope one day I grow 8 foot tall!

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I love these kind of comments! :D

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I could use extra inches too

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I ate lots of sunflower seeds as a kid in Kasas; now im 6'4! The SECRET is to eat 50% of the shells to gain MAX height! ;-=)

awww phooey, if watermelon seeds can't grow out of your stomach, please explain what's going on here?! lol

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Don't mind @alexpmorris @timsaid I guess he is on some sort of psychedelic trip after your melon treatment:

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woooooah that is soooo kewl dude, reaaaaaaaaaaaally on a "Trip at the Brain" now! lol

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haha great tune man :)

Now I'm pacified! I always expected Jack and the Beanstalk to come true, having an immense watermelon tree sprout from my stomach upon the first touch of liquid ;)

Haha! My grandad used to tell me that when I was a kid AND the vines would grow out of my ears and nose!

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I was afraid of it when I was a child 😅😂

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Me too!

I really wanted to grow watermelon. 🍉😅

I'd have a watermelon plantation, cause I nearly always eat the seeds.

Myth, im always eating watermelon seeds when I eat a watermelon their harmless.

Jajaja me encanta el contenido, te imaginas una patilla o sandía germinando dentro de tu estomágo

Water melon seed could actually germinate in your tommy and grow just the way spider man from your catoon can come out and chase some kids. Lol.

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I heard that happend on Atlantis when Batman found out Robin is a Hotdog

This would be and awesome party trick!

Instead of water melon, can't we grow steem power in our stomach????

I wonder, are there people who believe in this myth? Even if you ignore all other conditions like the presence of acid and the lack of oxygen, the next question remains: how long does it take for the seed to germinate? More than a week is exactly (I know what I'm saying, because I recently planted them in the garden). And how often does a person go to the toilet?

The Gastronomical acid in the stomach can dissolve any orgnic thing including bones......I wish i remember another name for that acid as i am on the street right now...

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Maybe simply call is stomach acid :P

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😆😆😆😆😊😊😊.....i just want to feel like a scholar....

My sister was pretty big when she was pregnant with my nephew and I was starting to wonder about those watermelon seeds! Thanks for clearing that up for me. Haha!

Very interesting i learn alot now ijust upvode you @scotty 777 you are my next follower

that is so funny, when i was little my mum always told me if i swallow a seed, a watermelon will grow in my belly and i believed her until very old age!!!

Grandma would never have lied to me, right??????

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when i was a child i have some crazy idea like that

18986478_1486073564790239_2089198608_o.jpg lol at the moment I am eating a watermelon :D

hahahha....our stomach acid killed all.....upvote and resteem for u

A watermelon seed might not grow in your stomch, but a cucumbet seed can grow in your mouth.
I had a molar tooth removed a few days before eating a cucumber sandwich. I was a lot younger and ate anything then. A few days, 10 or so, later the tooth hole was starting to swell and hurt like hell.
A few pokes and prods with a straightened paper clip and a cucumber seed with roots popped out, pain was gone, and a lot more caution in what I ate until the hole was properly healed

That's what my grandma used to say haha

been eating lots of seeds by accident. watermelon among them and even a huge Sandoricum koetjape seed but still here and steeming hehe

Haha... my mom told me the same thing... still waiting for the vines to come out of my ears!

lol I was convinced of this when I was a kid! Heck, I even thought pickle seeds could grow in you

and i used to think that its only Nigerian parents that tell this kind of myth...nice one @timsaid..still a newbie,need people like you to follow,hope you don't mind..? nice concept..."myth or fact"

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Weird watermelon!

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they are called "injectable hormones"

Luckily I don´t like watermelon but I love this post. Well done

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How can you not like watermelon?!

Thanks solider!

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I really dont know to be honest. It looks super fresh, perfect for summer and its healthy too! But I really dont like the taste of it ...

jaajaja very good

HAHA, my parents used to tell us this garbage when I was a kid. ppfffftttt.... come on mom lol

But the real question is where do seedless watermelons come from if they do not have any seeds?

Hahahaha.. I still remember as a kid, my mom would say that all the time.. Its ovious it never will, or we would have branches popping out..lol.. Good post.. :)

Awesome post!!!! Just ate some delicious watermelon myself along with my dinner. Watermelon is so good for you. I remember hearing that the outside of the watermelon, the hard part, is best for you. Is this correct and how would you go about eating it????? Silly question but I'm curious?????

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Haha low key believed it when I was young!

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My mom told me that my older cousin ate a watermelon seed. As a 5 year old I accepted that... it wasn't until I was about 12 that I realized that she was pregnant.

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That's a long time to be pregnant!

Would have been scary if they actually did. I remember when I was younger and had lots of watermelons, one several occasion I accidentally swallowed the seed, if they had germinated, I should be a watermelon tree by now...hahaha

I bought some watermelon today, I trust the seed wont grow inside me, even though they are seedless.

this fruit watermelon

Haha, my father told me it will grow a apple tree when I eaten apple seed. Same to If we eat water melon seed. However, as a kid we always believe what our parent told us. And we do the same to our child.

In my childhood I put green peas in my nose, he sprouted there, I had to go to the doctor to remove it

I might be having lots of watermelon seeds growing already 🙈😂🙈🙈

great post! please keep going

nice))))

Be the Light! Buy seeded watermelon, Not seedless!

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Firstly you'll need light for the seed to germinate and that's not going to happen unless you have a bulb inside you.

Am I the only one that ate the seeds since a kid, without any problem? Seems so normal and when I look at people who put them away I'm like : "what's wrong with you?"

Something feels kind of funny...
IS THAT A WATER MELONE IN MY TUMMY?

Watermelon is my favourite fruit. and I don't mind swallowing seeds some times. And this is completely a myth. Your posts are interesting mate.

I love science, resteemed and followed :)

Great post, keep em coming!

a growing plant process yea..
you're a good scientist @timsaid..
nice post, need your post more..

That was really good!

Haha the weird thing is that I never thought of this event at all. :p

Still, being a biotech student, enjoyed your explanation a lot :D

Keep posting more.

I can't wait to start my own belly garden.

lol i think i never heard this myth, but surely there a lot of crazy myths around, and people believe them hehe... Interesting read!

This was used to describe pregnant women when I was young. "She ate a watermelon seed."

Watermelons are so juicy !! i love them!!

How would one pass a watermelon, if it grew in their stomach?

That's a fun one :D
I never even thought about them growing inside my stomach! I always just ate them....

Ya, watermelons seeds are sure healthy and in India, they are used in many sweets, usually in West India. By the way, it's not impossibe for a small plant to grow inside a human. Read this article on dailymail.uk: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1169861/Shocked-Russian-surgeons-open-man-thought-tumour--FIR-TREE-inside-lung.html

Haha now i can finally eat watermelon seeds without worry again :o).

I love to hug trees and say thank you to them.

Awesome post!
My mom used to scare me to avoid eating fruit seeds else plants will grow inside my stomach. I did it many times and scared to death that what to do if plants grow inside me. I even used to complain it to my friends about it! Thank God, I'm grownup now and dont believe such myths anymore!

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