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Readers Respond: Have You Eaten Apples Seeds or Cherry Pits?

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From the article: Are Apple Seeds Poisonous?
Eating apple seeds, peach seeds or cherry pits is controversial. Some people believe the seeds and pits are toxic because they contain a cyanide-producing chemical, while other people believe the seeds are therapeutic. Have you eaten apple seeds or cherry pits? Did you experience any effect from eating the seeds? Share your experience. Share Your Experience

powerfood with selective toxicity

therapeutic toxins?- Pit contents may create an intolerant environment for life destroying malevolent attackers such as cancer and its pathogens, ( viruses bacterium, prions, fungi, or protozoa) naturally to protect the seed while it grows to its fruition. But, For a very sick person to eat the seed might hurt or kill him or her trying to kill disease but a healthy person, non radiated seeds may help protect health. I have always eaten pits long before I knew it was considered poison as we had little food growing up and waste- out of the question. I always trust myself enough to not eat something that will kill me. Actually, what isn't poison if you eat too much of it? Just don't overdo it , or do it if you are really sick, as anything that can bust a tree out of a hard wood tiny shell must be powerful. I have high respect and am intrigued to no end at the power of a seed / pit.
—Guest Denise

Just the inside of the pit!

When I was 5 I was hungry and I used a stone to Crack open the cherry pits I found on the ground after the birds ate them. I was hungry often. I ate lots of them so many I went into a coma and my kidneys were bleeding. It almost killed me.
—Guest Liz

Have eaten apple seeds and cherry pits

As a child I was told it was good for me to consume the whole apple, including the seeds. As a result, I did so often. Whenever I got my hands on a peach, nectarine, plum or apricot I would such and chew on the pit until it would finally split in two and I would relish the hard worked for floral and nutty tasting center. Delicious! Nobody ever warned me and I was never hurt because of it. The cherry pits I swallowed were accidental. Fast forward to adulthood and I was shooting the breeze with a toxicologist and he told me the saying of "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" actually only applied if the person consumed the entire apple, along with the seeds. The small amount of cyanide in the seeds was supposed to create a hostile environment for pathogens thus keeping the doctor away. Of course, you were only supposed to do this once a day. Of course, as a child I did not limit myself to one a day when these fruits were in season.
—Guest Just passing through

Johnny Appleseed ate them!

...and I will eat them too. Just turned 69 yesterday, apple seeds got me here. They taste good and I have never had a problem. Have never eaten them without the rest of the apple but wouldn't be afraid to if I had cancer.
—Guest Apple Lyn

more than an apple

Most are confused but you need to eat more than a cupful of apple seeds in a day to get posioned, and you can slowly adapt to them and not get posioned as easily, and cherry pits are only posionious in the inside of the pits.
—Guest help

Cherry pits

I suddenly got a craving for cherry pits and apple seeds. I had breast and chemo cancer last year. Maybe there is something going on. I had no knowledge of them containing cyanide until I read info here. Chemo is the worst poison imaginable. I'll never do it again but listen to my body. Please send me more info anyone.
—Guest DideeB

Cherry Pits

I once swallowed one, only one, cherry pit. But I did eat almost an entire bag of cherries too the same day, without the pits. The next day I was sick and vomiting. Iiiiit was gross. However, once it was all out, I was fine and went back to eating cherries. c:
—Guest Nylon

Apricot pit

I ate an apricot seed just once & it gave me an instantaneous splitting headache. Never again will eat apricot seeds.
—Guest Angharad

Dosage is key

If you take small amounts of seeds over time you build up a tolerance. If you have never eaten seeds of cherry or apple before and suddenly eat a whole bag of them you could get quite Ill. So don't just think because people have done it for years it's ok to jump right in! Like anything that can be healthy overdosing suddenly is not good. The body learns to adjust and needs time and practice to do so.
—Guest Eli

Cherry stones

I am a teenager and I love cherries. I always eat all the stones unless of corse we are having a stone spitting contest. I an doing well and I eat like a while bag when we buy them. No side effects whatsoever.
—Guest Shay

The pits

I am 56 yrs old and have been eat the seeds of cherries, apples, pears , watermelon etc. I have never experienced any side affects from doing this.So who are you going to believe the people or the the doctors who are on the side of the pharmaceutical companies. I think I will take my chances and continue to do as I have always done.
—Guest Rita

Time will tell

I started eating apple seeds earlier this year and I've noticed that they give me a lot of gas but that's the only side effect for me.
—Guest Mzansi

Apple Seeds

You know, if you eat the apple seeds, you might prevent, even cure cancer, and that would put the pharmacutical company's out of business. DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR AND READ, ESPECIALLY FROM THEM, OR GOVERNMENT! They taste like sweet almonds. They are loaded with vitamin B17 which you cannot find anymore. Do you know why you cannot find Vitamin B17? Because it cures most forms of Cancer and other deseases. It would put the pharmacuticals out of business!
—Guest Jo

There's a Reason those Pits are Spat Out

I knew that swallowing cherry pits could be fatal, but I figured that if that was the case then how was it they were still being sold if not for the pits not containing all that much poison? And in that respect, I was right. But, a few days ago I caught the cold and, well, I thought that juice would remedy it. The only juice I could get though was from cherries. Whole cherries. Long story short I must've eaten 15-30 of the little pits and, well, call it the cold or not but I felt very feverish in the stomach for a while afterwards.
—Guest Paolo


Cherry and apple seeds do, in fact, have cyanide in them. But not enough to cause harm. A full grown adult male would have to eat at least a cup or more of seeds in a single sitting to notice any problems. A cup of seeds eaten throughout the day, however, will show no effects at all.
—Guest Lisa

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