A 36-year-old female asked:
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i was eating coated almonds from a shop and one tasted really bitter , could that be the almond that contains cyanide ?

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Dr. Zachary Veres
18 years experience Family Medicine
Almond: highly doubtful
Answered on Apr 29, 2015
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Dr. Solomon Katta
Specializes in Family Medicine
It might: bitter almonds do contain cyanide as do other foods. Most almonds sold in the U.S. Are sweet almonds but a portion of imported almonds may have bitter almonds mixed in. Benzaldehyde is what causes the bitter flavor. Emulsin causes hydrolysis of amygdalin making cyanide. Adults who consume large amounts of bitter almonds (~50 or more) can be lethal.
Answered on Mar 3, 2016
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