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Is it really that harmful to consume apple seeds?

For many years now, I have been eating apple seeds, orange seeds, peach seeds, etc. for the health benefit, even of the "healthy poisons" of the apple and peach seed for example. I know the seeds contains poison, but all those apple and peach seeds haven't killed me yet :). Could a nutritionist please explain a little further why blasting, say, apple seeds is considered so dangerous. Thank you!

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3 years ago

Dietitian's Answer

Apple seeds contain amygdalin which when broken down and metabolized forms hydrogen cyanide. The body can detoxify cyanide in small doses - the amount one might consume in an apple every now and then and unless the seeds are pulverized or masticated, the amygdalin they house remains safely contained within.

However, the NutriBullet breaks the seeds down which releases the amygdalin and if consumed in large amounts and/or often, it may pose harm. Cherry, peach, and apricot pits also contain amygdalin.

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