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Is it safe to eat apple seeds?

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According to an article in The Atlantic, apple seeds should not be eaten, although a person would have to consume a very large number of apple seeds for it to be fatal. Apple seeds contain amygdalin, which releases hydrogen cyanide when digested.

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Is it safe to eat apple seeds?
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The amount of cyanide released from apple seeds is small, which means that accidental swallowing of apple seeds is not likely to be fatal, even if a person eats quite a few apples. Cyanide is best avoided at any dose, however. The apple core is safe to eat, excepting the seeds, and consists only of a thin fibrous band. The amount of the apple that the average person throws away is much larger than the actual core, resulting in a significant amount of wasted food.

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