[nafex] [nafex ibiblio list] Apricot kernels

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar parmarch_mnd at dataone.in
Mon Jan 16 01:34:08 EST 2012


Very good information.  Thanks David for enlightening us about the cynide 
content of apricot kernels.

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar
www.fruitipedia.com

-----Original Message----- 
From: David Consolvo
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2012 6:17 AM
To: nafex ibiblio mailing list
Subject: [nafex ibiblio list] Apricot kernels

I find that kernels of the apricot "Harcot" are delicious, very almond-like. 
I limit
myself to five at a time, though, since apricot kernels have cyanide.

Wikipedia says that despite being used/eaten in central Asia and around the
Mediterranian:

"In 1993, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets tested 
the
cyanide content of two 220 gram (8oz) packages of apricot kernels that were
imported from Pakistan which were being sold in health-food stores as a 
snack.
The results showed that each package, if consumed entirely, contained at 
least
double the minimum lethal dosage of cyanide for an adult human. The apricot 
pits
were recalled and removed from stores.[3] In spite of this, there were no 
USA
deaths and only one serious toxicity from apricot kernels reported from 1979 
to
1998.[4] On average, an apricot kernel contains about 0.5 mg of cyanide."

~David Consolvo
Hungrytown, Virginia





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