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Can Watermelon Seeds Grow In Your Stomach? [Garden Lesson Plans Ideas]

Can watermelon seeds grow in your stomach or can seeds grow inside you? We’ll cover watermelon seeds growing in stomachs myth, plus other cool things like seed science / gardening lesson plans, garden science for kids, fun gardening activities for kids—including garden lesson plans for middle school and elementary, preschool lesson plans for garden theme, and more.

Can watermelon seeds grow in your stomach? [Garden Lesson Plans Ideas] a slice of watermelon with watermelon seeds fashioned in a smiling face

Can a watermelon seed sprout in your stomach?

Seeds, including watermelon seeds, can grow in almost any part of the body, including the stomach, nose and ears. However, it is not likely that a watermelon seed will germinate and grow in your stomach (or in any of these areas) because the environments are not hospitable. The stomach has a very low pH level and high acid, which would kill and seed trying to germinate. While it is technically possible for a watermelon seed to grow in your stomach, nose or ears, it is not likely to happen.

The nose and ears are both warm and moist, which are ideal conditions for seed growth. However, if a watermelon seed does manage to germinate in one of these areas, it will likely be dislodged fairly quickly because the body will attempt to expel it.

So no, swallowing watermelon seeds will not cause them to grow in your stomach. The watermelon seeds will simply pass through your digestive system and be excreted as waste.

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Is swallowing watermelon seeds bad for you?

There is a lot of folklore about watermelon seeds and what happens when you swallow them. Some people believe that the seeds can grow in your stomach, while others think that watermelon seeds are toxic. Some seeds like apple seeds, seeds of apricots, peaches, plums, or cherries, contain a small amount of cyanide and may be toxic in large quantities. However, watermelon seeds are safe and some people even cook them up the same as roasting pumpkin seeds!

FUN FACT: A 2015 review from University of Leeds said it would take 83 to 500 apple seeds to get acute cyanide poisoning if you ate them. (Don’t try it!) [reference]

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Jacqueline Wilson, the mom half of the Parent Busters Podcast, is also the founder of Homeschool Super Freak (named a top 15 BEST Homeschool Site), a professional educational consultant and writer, former award-winning college professor, educator of 18+ years, homeschooling mom of over 9 years, and #1 Bestselling Education Author. She's been featured in local and national news and media outlets. She loves rescue pets.

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