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The advantages and disadvantages of eating apple seeds ?

The advantages and disadvantages of eating apple seeds ?

Don't eat them.: there are no proven benefits to eating apple seeds, and there is some theoretical concern, especially if they are eaten in large quantities. They contain a substance called amygdalin, which can break down into cyanide and sugar. This can be poisonous. Given the lack of any beneficial effect, apple seeds should be avoided. ...Read more

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Im pregnant and swallowed an star apple seed i just wanna know is that bad?

Im pregnant and swallowed an star apple seed i just wanna know is that bad?

No problem: Your digestive system can easily cope with fruit seeds and there is no risk to swallowing them to yourself or your developing baby. ...Read more

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Found out apple seeds contains cyanide. Been juicing whole apples for 2 months (3/day x 60 days = approx 180). Is it enough to cause poisoning?

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No: Last i saw, it was speculated that even with complete extraction of the cyanide compounds with complete pulverization of the seeds (assuming the sides aren't intact, which would make the cyanide inaccessible), it would take 85 grams, or half a cup of pure seeds to get to a harmful level. Feel safe! ...Read more

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Can accidentally eating apple seeds (in a fruit salad )harm a baby? I've heard apple seeds are toxic, can eating a few may be bad for the fetus?

Can accidentally eating apple seeds (in a fruit salad )harm a baby? I've heard apple seeds are toxic, can eating a few may be bad for the fetus?

Not likely toxic: The fetus should be fine. Apple seeds can have a small amount of cyanide but one would have to eat lots of apple seeds to be toxic, so don't worry about that! Keep apple seeds to a minimum! ...Read more

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9 yr old son has 15 freckles on his neck & chest the size of apple seeds. He hates them and wants them gone. Is there anything that can be done 4 him?

9 yr old son has 15 freckles on his neck & chest the size of apple seeds. He hates them and wants them gone. Is there anything that can be done 4 him?

Not advisable : They could be surgically removed, but scar likely more noticeable than freckles. Otc fade creams unlikely to work, and i wouldn't advise rx. Better to reduce the number of new freckles which increase with sun exposure. Use a spf product everyday, not just when spending the day at the beach, and be sure to apply enough, and reapply through out the day. ...Read more

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Are the long green pepper seeds poisonous as apple seeds are? Can they cause harm if eaten during pregnancy?

Are the long green pepper seeds poisonous as apple seeds are? Can they cause harm if eaten during pregnancy?

Seeds are "pepper": Ground up pepper seeds are the "pepper" used in flavoring our foods. That means they are not poisonous, as people eat pepper seeds throughout the world. If a person eats pepper before pregnancy, they should cause no harm during pregnancy unless the pepper causes more heartburn and reflux in the woman. ...Read more

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My mom has a white sore on the sole of her foot that has been there for a week or two. It's about the size of a small apple seed. It hurts when touced?

My mom has a white sore on the sole of her foot that has been there for a week or two. It's about the size of a small apple seed. It hurts when touced?

Needs checking: I would be concerned about anything painful and white on the sole of the foot in an older person. Pressure sores can present this way. If she has diabetes or any kind of medical condition that reduces circulation this needs to be seen pretty soon by her MD as it may be the tip of an iceberg. Keep foot elevated - check her shoes for poor fit - massage gently around the area and make her an appt ...Read more