Sunday, April 30, 2006

Watchdog warns over apricot seeds

Apricot stones sold for health benefits could be fatal in high doses, the food safety watchdog has warned.

Apricot kernels are thought to contain high levels of vitamin B17, which is described as an immune system booster and even sold as a cancer treatment.

But the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said they also produce cyanide and can be poisonous in high doses.

It is now recommending that people consume no more than two bitter apricot kernels in a single day.

An FSA spokesman said there were reports from overseas of "very serious health effects" being associated with the consumption of 20 to 30 kernels in a short period of time.

He added: "They could be potentially lethal in high enough doses."

Source: BBC News

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Anonymous said...

Kindly republish this report which appeared in "The Hindu Business Line"
in India about the Dards who father children at 100 and who eat more
than 100 apricot seeds per day as apricot seeds are their staple food as
nothing edible other than apricots grow at the height of 15000 feet
above sea level.
This will help Jason Vale case.

Click on:

Click here to read Apricot seed can cure cancer


2:33 PM  
Your Teacher said...

Facinating article.

6:50 PM  

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