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Did you know that Apple seeds are highly poisonous?

They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but did you know that apple seeds are poisonous?. Apples are well known for their many health benefits including: aiding in digestion, improving immune system, maintaining body cholesterol, regulating blood pressure and acting as an antioxidant among others. In spite these benefits, apple seeds are known to be toxic and poisonous.

These seeds contain a compound called amygdalin, a cyanide glycoside,containing cyanide and sugar. Cyanide is known to be highly carcinogenic, it can easily cause poisoning which leads to death. When crushed or chewed,these seeds release small amounts of cyanide.

However, for them to cause the poisonous effect, they have to be a lot of them (90-150) crushed and eaten. Thus this should not cause alarm. When one accidentally swallows these seeds, that doesn't mean that they'll be poisoned. This information should not discourage apple eating because eating these seeds does not cause death.

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