Apple Seeds Contain Cyanide

Food Fact: Apple seeds contain cyanide. The seeds of apples, also known as “pips”, contain a sugar/cyanide compound called “amygdalin”, which turns into hydrogen cyanide when it is metabolized in your body. Hydrogen cyanide was one of the key ingredients to Zyklon B, the trade name of the pesticide used by the Nazis in their gas chambers. Before you go panicking after accidentally swallowing an apple seed, you should know that ingesting a few seeds won’t kill you.  The human body is perfectly capable of handling very small doses of cyanide. (Learn More about this fact here)

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