Since summer is here and watermelons are certainly plentiful and in season, I wanted to address the discussion heard around the Internet that seedless watermelons are genetically modified. First and foremost, I am a huge fan of watermelons and can generally eat an entire watermelon in one sitting. They are extremely tasty, juicy, refreshing and one of the most hydrating fruits you can possibly consume. I specifically love eating watermelons before or after I work out, at picnics, at the park, or just on hot, sunny days.
Growing up, we did’t have the option to eat seedless watermelons, which I am thankful for. After trying one for the first time a few weeks ago, I noticed it didn’t have the same taste, smell, sweetness, or even texture as a watermelon with seeds would have. It was a bit bland on some bites, mushy and didn't taste normal. Additionally, after much research, I've come to find that seedless watermelons can be extremely dangerous to your health.
Are seedless watermelons a genetically modified organism (GMO)?
According to the National Watermelon Promotional Board:
“A seedless watermelon is a sterile hybrid which is created by crossing male pollen for a watermelon, containing 22 chromosomes per cell, with a female watermelon flower with 44 chromosomes per cell. When this seeded fruit matures, the small, white seed coats inside contain 33 chromosomes, rendering it sterile and incapable of producing seeds.”
So, there you have it. This process stated above can be described as genetically modified, hence interrupting the natural process of the watermelon growth and altering the genetic alteration.
Why would someone want to put this in their body?
A great watermelon should be sweet, juicy and chock-full of seeds. I’ve always been curious why would anyone would change this fruit? More cost-effective? Easier to eat? Safer for children? Although these reasons may seem logical, in the long run, whats most important to me is my health and my body; therefore, the thought of putting chemicals in it tends to disgust me.
Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods to Your Health
Consuming GMOs can be compared to slowly poisoning your body. As everyone should be aware, this process accelerates organ damage, aging, immune dysfunction, and many other things.
There has been numerous studies around the connection between GMOs and a handful of major health problems. This study has been tested on animals and the animals that had eaten the non-GMO version had a much longer mortality rate and little to no health issues.
The Difference Between Hybrids and GMOs?
There isn’t really a big difference between hybrids and GMOs because to speed up the breeding process, genetic alteration takes place chemically.
Go to your local farmer's market and get the watermelons with seeds. If you aren’t around a farmer's market, you can always try a Whole Foods or a natural grocery store.