Apricot kernels: a risk of cyanide poisoning

The kernel is the seed that is inside the apricot kernel. Consumed in large quantities, this kernel exposes to a risk of cyanide poisoning. Indeed, apricot kernels contain a significant amount of amygdalin, a naturally occurring compound that converts to highly toxic cyanide during digestion. Thus, the Agency recalls the amounts of almonds not to exceed a day established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), ie about 1 to 3 almonds for adults and half a small almond for young children.

In recent years, a craze has appeared for these apricot kernels, marketed as food to fight against cancer.High doses of 10 almonds a day in prevention to 60 almonds in curative, are recommended. ANSES states that, to date, there is no scientific proof of their interest in the curative or preventive treatment of cancer. In addition, high consumption of these almonds can lead to signs of acute intoxication such as convulsions, respiratory disorders, a decrease in heart rate, loss of consciousness, or even coma.

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