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Apple Seeds are poisonous !

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1- In fact, if you eat enough apple seeds or cherry pits, you could die.

2- Apple seeds contain cyanogenic acids. Cherry pits, and seeds from related fruits, including peaches, plums, almonds, pears, and apricots, contain cyanogenic glycosides.

3- Your body can detoxify small quantities of cyanide compounds. 

4- If you accidentally eat a cherry pit in a pie or swallow an apple seed or two, you'll be fine.

5- Actually, if you swallow several seeds whole, you would absorb a minimal amount of the toxic compounds. 

6- Chewing the seeds makes them much more hazardous to your health.

7- Children and pets are much more likely to suffer poisoning from eating the seeds than adults. 

Symptoms :

8- Symptoms of mild poisoning include headache, dizziness, confusion, anxiety, and vomiting. Larger doses can lead to difficulty breathing, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and kidney failure.

9- Reactions can include coma, convulsions, and death from respiratory arrest. 

Treatment :

10- There are several treatment options, but the main thing is to limit the absorption of the chemicals from the seeds. 

11- Basically, this means it's important to seek immediate medical attention if a child or pet is known to have eaten several seeds. 

12- Usually, the plan of action is to pump the stomach or induce vomiting. 

13- Antidotes are available, but they are somewhat controversial.

14- If you or someone you know eats a seed or two, don't worry,as I said, your body is well-equipped to detoxify small quantities of cyanide compounds. 

15- They naturally occur in several foods. 

16- However, if you were wondering whether or not it's true that the seeds and pits are toxic and potentially lethal...yes, apple seeds and cherry pits are poisonous.

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