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Seeds in berries?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 29, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Long time lurker, first time question-asker.

So I was just munching on some berries, when I chewed particularly hard on one and felt the crunch as I bit through the seeds. Having never really paid attention to the seeds in berries, my paleo-danger sense immediately turned on. This raspberry doesn't want me to destroy its seeds. Am I correct to assume that, just like in other seeds, berry seeds contain toxins and anti-nutrients? When eating berries, is it optimal for one to just give a light chew then swallow to ensure the seeds go through undamaged as the berry intended? And, is it common for these small "sharp" seeds to cause problems over time by irritating the stomach/intestine?

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7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on June 24, 2012
at 12:50 AM

What's this mean for me and my vitamix?

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 15, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Link to source?

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on December 06, 2010
at 02:42 AM

Both great answers, thanks!

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on November 29, 2010
at 08:25 PM

Yes, they "want" to be eaten, but they want to be left intact through the digestive system, which means swallowed whole, not chewed open.

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on November 29, 2010
at 05:46 PM

thats what i thought, too. those bits in the raspberries especially pretty much pass right through you if you pay attention to your poop.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on November 30, 2010
at 04:30 AM

The strawberry wants you to swallow the seeds but not chew them. Yeah, who knows, probably is a few molecules of something less than perfectly healthy in these tiny seeds should you actually chew them up. And yes, they pass through whole, if you don't chew them, so I guess if you have intestinal upset or weak gut issues, there is a chance they might irritate that. I haven't noticed anything personally. I suspect a healthy gut handles them easily. If you look at the scat (poop) of any wild omnivores, you will typically see a lot of little seeds in there, among other things (like tufts of hair from that rabbit it ate).

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on November 29, 2010
at 05:36 PM

My understanding is that seeds in fruit want to be eaten because animals will deposit them on the ground in a nice pile of fertilizer. I am guessing poisons in the seeds would prevent this activity over the long run, so I doubt the fruits we eat have lots of toxins.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on November 29, 2010
at 05:46 PM

thats what i thought, too. those bits in the raspberries especially pretty much pass right through you if you pay attention to your poop.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on November 29, 2010
at 08:25 PM

Yes, they "want" to be eaten, but they want to be left intact through the digestive system, which means swallowed whole, not chewed open.

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

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on December 06, 2010
at 02:42 AM

Both great answers, thanks!

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03a4653d03425afbbeb3a0a04c6b6dae

on February 19, 2013
at 08:28 AM

1why would anyone think a berry "wants" you to eat the seed!?

2IF you are worried about something hard passing through your stomach eather grind seeds in a grinder or don't eat it!

I have had stomach surgery and eating seeds is a NO NO!.....unless u grind them up into a pulp! Or eating a soft seed And yes YOU NEED TO ALWAYS check your poop! You will see seeds! But if you grind them they have natural oils in them and you WILL GET EVERY OUNCE /MINUTE BIT OF NUTRIENTS FROM THE SEED! STUFF THAT MAY OR CAN FIGHT (CANCER, ULCERS,) AND HElp with vitamin deficiencies! Because of slow intake / digestion!! ...just a little science.

                                                                                                                                     Margaret Ross 

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on June 22, 2012
at 09:48 PM

Also consider that the plant "wants" to provide the seeds with as much nutrition as possible so that the seed can thrive.

I like the crunch so I chew them.

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:25 PM

CHEW YOUR SEEDS!!! It is vital, if you want to get the maximum nutritional value of berries chewing through the seedcoat is necessary to get into the endosperm. The endosperm is where all the the starches and other chemical goodies that make berries the nutritional powerhouse they are.

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 15, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Link to source?

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03a4653d03425afbbeb3a0a04c6b6dae

on February 19, 2013
at 08:27 AM

1why would anyone think a berry "wants" you to eat the seed!?

2IF you are worried about something hard passing through your stomach eather grind seeds in a grinder or don't eat it!

I have had stomach surgery and eating seeds is a NO NO!.....unless u grind them up into a pulp! Or eating a soft seed And yes YOU NEED TO ALWAYS check your poop! You will see seeds! But if you grind them they have natural oils in them and you WILL GET EVERY OUNCE /MINUTE BIT OF NUTRIENTS FROM THE SEED! STUFF THAT MAY OR CAN FIGHT (CANCER, ULCERS,) AND HElp with vitamin deficiencies! Because of slow intake / digestion!! ...just a little science.

                                                                                                                                     Margaret Ross 

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