Apricot-kernels

The Food Standard Agency, a food safety arm of the British government, sounded the alarm over fears of a growing health craze in which some retailers are selling large packets of ground apricot stones to cancer patients, claiming that they help to treat the disease.

Apricot-kernels
Apricot-kernels

According to the agency, apricot kernels contain high amounts of the naturally-occurring Vitamin B17, which contributes to the bitter taste, but it changes to cyanide after people eat the nuts.

Consumption of 10 to 15 stones at a time could lead to worrying side effects such as their fingers going numb, while a dose of 30 stones is enough to kill someone, it advised.

Cyanide is a deadly poisonous chemical that can cause nausea, fever, headaches, insomnia, nervousness, muscle pains and falling blood pressure. In extreme cases, it can be fatal.

The warning came after a European Food Safety Authority study was published over the risks to human health from apricot kernels. The European institute suggested that the safe amount for an adult and a toddler would be about half of a large and a small kernel respectively. Endi

Source: Xinhua

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