Apple Seeds Poisonous!
There was a very recent murder case in Australia where an Indian woman killed her husband by giving him crushed Apple seeds. She & her lover have been convicted and sentenced for 22 years & 25 years in prison. I never knew till now that apple seeds contain Cyanide. I searched for the info & was surprised to find that apple seeds do contain Cyanide. This is also one reason why insects hardly hit an apple crop. They know instinctively maybe. Please ensure that the seeds are removed before eating apples. Specially children should not be given a whole apple. Instead cut, remove the seeds before giving it to them. You can google for the veracity of my observation if you have doubts. And do spread the message around to as many people as you can.
The message doing rounds on social media, especially on Facebook and WhatsApp warns about Apple Seeds Poisonous – reporting a related Murder. Accordingly, an Indian woman in Australia and her lover killed her husband by giving him crushed Apple seeds. For the crime, they are allegedly sentenced for 22 years & 25 years in prison. No, the claim is not true. The message further warns consumers that Apple seeds contain Cyanide that is poisonous when consumed. So, let us examine the claims and find out the real facts.
About the Actual Murder
The murder incident mentioned in the message actually refers to Sofia Samand murdering her husband Sam Abraham along with her former lover Arun Kamalasanan. The incident took place in Melbourne (Australia) back in October 2015. On 21st of June 2018, the Supreme Court jailed Kamalasanan for 27 years and Sam for 22 years. More importantly, the murder involved poisoning with Cyanide-laced orange juice – not crushed Apple seeds as told in the story. So clearly, it was not a case of poisoning using Apple seeds.
Apple Seeds Poisonous?
Apple seeds contain Amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside composed of cyanide and sugar. It is also available in the seeds of Apricot, Bitter Almonds, Peaches, Pears, Cherry pits and even Lima beans. The digestive enzymes inside human body convert Amygdalin into Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN), which can make you sick and even kill you in large amounts. But this happens rarely because the seeds have tough protective coating sealing the Amygdalin inside them. They usually pass out intact through the digestive systems of animals, and people do not often consume them because of their bitter taste.
The Apple seeds may pose risk only when swallowed after crushing or chewing. Encyclopedia Britannica website britannica.com states it takes 150 to several thousand crushed seeds (depending on the apple variety) to cause cyanide poisoning in an average adult. Knowingly or unknowingly, when you chew and swallow few Apple seeds, it might produce trace amounts of hydrogen cyanide, which the body can flush out. For your information, lower amount of cyanide poisoning can cause problems like headache, nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, dizziness, weakness and confusion. So, it is better to remove the seeds before eating Apples, one of the best fruits for good health.
To conclude, the message warning about Apple Seeds Poisonous – reporting that an Indian woman (along with her lover) killed her husband by giving them – is a hoax. The scares and rumors warning Apple seeds are toxic spread on social media earlier too. In June 2016 the Food Safety Department of the Dubai Municipality clarified the toxicity of apple seeds is negligible and not a cause for concern.
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