Are Apple Pips Dangerous?

14 Mar

Q: “My 5 year old loves eating apples and eats 2 or 3 a day, and often eats some of the pips as well.  Is this ok?”

A: Well, while an apple a day will supposedly keep the doctor away, eating the pips as well could actually get the doctor called out.

Apple pips – along with some other fruit seeds such as cherry stones – contain a small amount of cyanide, and while our body can handle a small amount of cyanide, avoiding it even in these low levels is advisable for children.

If your child has eaten apple pips and you are concerned, warning signs of cyanide intake include headaches and vomiting.

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