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Health Practitioner: Is it Safe to Eat Grape Seeds?

Sabtu, 06 April 2024 - 05:45 | 16.89k
A girl sitting in front a pile of grape at the kitchen. (Photo: TIMES AI Academy)
A girl sitting in front a pile of grape at the kitchen. (Photo: TIMES AI Academy)

TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA – Grape seeds, often overlooked amidst the enjoyment of the juicy flesh of grapes, have sparked debates regarding their edibility and potential health benefits. These small, bitter seeds are rich in nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, leading some to advocate for their consumption. However, others raise concerns about potential risks associated with eating them.

"Eating grapes along with their seeds is safe and permissible to do. In fact, there are many health benefits of grape seeds," Allodokter wrote on their official website.

Grape seeds contain various beneficial compounds, including polyphenols such as resveratrol, known for their antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help combat oxidative stress in the body, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. Additionally, grape seeds are a good source of vitamin E, which supports immune function and skin health.

Proponents of consuming grape seeds often suggest that they may aid in digestion and contribute to overall health due to their fiber content. Fiber plays a crucial role in maintaining digestive health and may help lower cholesterol levels.

Despite these potential benefits, some experts caution against eating grape seeds. One concern is their hard texture, which could pose a choking hazard, particularly for young children or individuals with swallowing difficulties. Additionally, while grape seeds contain beneficial compounds, they also contain compounds like tannins, which in large amounts may cause digestive discomfort for some people.

Another consideration is the potential presence of pesticides or contaminants on grape seeds, especially if they are not organically grown. Washing grapes thoroughly before consumption can help mitigate this risk to some extent.

Ultimately, the decision to eat grape seeds boils down to personal preference and individual health considerations. If you enjoy the taste and texture of grape seeds and experience no adverse effects, incorporating them into your diet in moderation may offer some potential health benefits. However, if you have concerns or dietary restrictions, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before adding grape seeds to your meals. (*)

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