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Apple seeds contain #cyanide. Can we get poisoned from eating them? #FoodFacts

Apple seeds contain #cyanide. Can we get poisoned from eating them? #FoodFacts

Text and Images by Joanna Yeo @ Makansutra These seemingly harmless seeds contain traces of toxic cyanide Indeed, apple seeds contain cyanide, a potent toxin that interrupts respiration at the cellular level causing several body systems to malfunction. But before you begin on a major boycott of the fruit that has faithfully kept your doctor away, read on to find out what Associate Professor Malcolm Mahadevan, Head and Senior Consultant, Emergency Medicine Department at National University Hospital (NUH) has to say. He reveals that in fact, cyanide can also be found in the pits of fruits such as cherries, mangoes, apricots as well as bitter almonds. These contain small amounts of cyanohydrins that can release hydrogen cyanide (HCN). If ingested in exceeding amounts, signs and symptoms of cyanide poisoning that can occur include non-specific symptoms like vomiting, headache,...

Full article: http://www.makansutra.com/foodblog/?p=8167

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