A 35-year-old female asked:
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do almonds (that you buy at the store to eat) contain cyanide or arsenic?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Concentration: Any food, organic or not, is likely to contain traces of the elements found in nature. So strictly speaking, any food you grow or buy will have traces of any chemical you can think of. However, does the presence of any element or chemical in vanishingly small quantities matter? You cannot avoid such things. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.
Answered on Apr 24, 2016

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