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Do apricot kernels contain cyanide ?

Hi doctor I heard apricot kernels containing cyanide. Is it true? Many many of them can be eaten? how much is harm to normal human being?
Sun, 29 Jan 2012
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Hi1
welcome to healthcraemagic.com.Apple seeds,Bitter almonds,Apricot piths and cassava fruits contain a precursor of cyanide callled amygdalin which gets converted into hydrocyanic acid in the body.But to cause such an effect you have to eat in excess of 10 kernels perday.But the same chemical in small doses is a healthy medicine.Eat in small amounts .Take care.
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