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Is Swallowing Orange Seeds Bad For Your Health?

Oranges are one of the first fruits that come to mind when you think of adding fibre in your diet.Having an orange juice has its benefits, too, and so also orange seeds. They are also useful and contain some medicinal properties that may benefit the health.

Oranges are one of the first fruits that come to mind when you think of adding fibre in your diet. And since they are known to have antioxidants properties that can help you to be fresh and stress-free, you can always make them a part of your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Moreover, all the parts of an orange are loaded with useful nutrients, including its peel that contains volatile oil glands in pits, which have various health benefits. Having an orange juice has its benefits, too, and so also orange seeds. They are also useful and contain some medicinal properties that may benefit the health.

Swallowing Orange Seeds: Myth Or Fact?

There are certain people who instead of throwing out the orange seeds, they swallow them while eating oranges. There is a myth that swallowing orange seeds can be harmful and result is some serious diseases. But, that remained a subject of debate. According to Consultant Nutritionist Doctor Rupali Datta, “Swallowing orange seeds are not harmful. In fact, when you swallow orange seeds, they will come out as is when you defecate. However, when you chew them, which give a bitter taste, it definitely adds fibre to your diet.” (Also Read: 5 Homemade Orange Peel Face Packs for Glowing Skin)

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Benefits Of Swallowing Orange Seeds:

  • The seeds of oranges are small and hard to break. It is believed that just like oranges, its seeds are also rich in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that keeps our metabolism high.
  • There are more benefits of consuming (chewing) orange seeds. It is very uncommonly known that orange seeds help to strengthen our body and make it active. Due to its antioxidant properties, it prevents the general weakness and laziness in our body.
  • Eating oranges (and its seeds) can be quite beneficial. It also helps to cure stomach problems, strengthens the weak digestive system and accelerates the secretion of digestive juices.

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Global Food Myths #18: Do swallowed orange seeds cause appendicitis?

Biting into a slice of orange could be so wonderful – if the delicious fruit was not hiding any seeds which have to be spat back out. After all, if swallowed, it’s possible that these little troublemakers reach the appendix and cause an inflammation. Or is the fear completely unfounded and is simply a children’s horror story? Fritz Gross, Head of Culinary Excellence of LSG Group in the Asia-Pacific region, explains.

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“It can actually happen that an orange pip gets into the gut and inflames the appendix – but the probability is very low, so an accidentally swallowed seed is no cause for concern,” says Gross.

The same applies to apple seeds, but not to cherry pits. Although a cherry pit can get into the gut, it cannot penetrate the more sensitive appendix. They are usually simply too large to pass through the small opening. Nevertheless, caution is advised: cherry pits, like many other stone fruit, contain small amounts of amygdalin, which is converted to hydrocyanic acid in the body.

Anyone who swallows orange seeds typically has nothing to fear. In fact, they might even have done themselves some good – provided they have yet to bite into them and tasted the bitterness. The seeds of citrus fruits are said to be rich in fiber, secondary plant compounds and antioxidants.

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Are Orange Seeds Edible?

Orange seeds are edible. Though the seeds of citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons and tangerines, contain small amounts of cyanide compounds, a typical orange’s seeds do not contain enough of the toxin to be harmful.

Orange seeds can be blended in smoothies, but it is best not to eat them in large quantities. Tangerine seeds are very bitter because they have a higher amount of the cyanide toxin. Though fruit seeds have some fabled medical properties, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that fruit seeds cure cancer. Many varieties of oranges are seedless, including clementines, navel oranges and satsumas.