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Tell Me More About Fruit Seeds and Cyanide
The first thing to note about cyanide is that its compounds are very different from one another. Hydrocyanic acid, which occurs in nature (eg. In the seed of common fruits- except citrus) is worlds apart from the potassium cyanide used in the gas chamber (for example).
The second thing to note is that there is no free hydrogen cyanide floating around in the hydrocyanic acid of the foods such as apricot kernels, buckwheat, millet and cassava.
Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) has to be manufactured by the tumour enzyme beta-glucosidase when hydrocyanic acid comes into contact with tumour tissue. Tests show that even when HCN is present in the body in this beneficial reaction, it is harmless to healthy tissue and non- toxic.
Hundreds of thousands of people consume reasonable amounts apricot kernels each day with no problems.
The problem could occur for example if one were to consume too many kernels at one sitting.
Question: What are the symptoms?
Answer: Occasionally a feeling of nausea, dizziness or blurred vision could occur if one were to consume too many kernels at one sitting.
If any of these occur, then remember how many kernels you ate at one time and simply make sure you don't repeat that experience.