Do Apple seeds really contain Cyanide?

AppleCyanide is any chemical compound made-up of Carbon and Nitrogen. This compound is considered poisonus. When ingested cyanide prohibits blood from carrying oxygen, causing death by suffocation. This compound is illegally used in fishing and is responsible for the damage on coral reefs and death of marine life.

Certain kinds of bacteria are responsible in producing cyanide and it can also be found in some plants. Apple seeds (or pips) contain a cyanide-sugar compound. This is said to be a defense mechanism of the plant against herbivores.

Don’t be alarmed by this fact. Since our body is able to detoxify small doses of cyanide, we are partially immuned. It would take a really large quantity of apple seeds to cause fatality. Also, the tough outer shell of the apple seed makes sure that the fatal compound stays inside

As a precaution, please do not test the toughness of the apple seed. Don’t intentionally crush it by biting. Don’t even think of swallowing it. Remember that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Keep yourselves safe always!

Share on Pinterest


Panlasang Pinoy Cookbook Download a FREE copy of the Panlasang Pinoy eCookbook Volume 1. Register now!

Enter your email address:



    A Very GOOD site, very informative.
    Can you please also feature or include the information to eat readily available foods to those people who are suffering gouty arthritis? (low-purine foods),
    as I am one of them.
    Thanks in advance

  2. Shirley says:

    Hi. I like your website very much, it’s very informative and really great help for those who are really interested in cooking, baking and everything related to this. I would like to know how glucose is being used? Can you enlighten me please. Thank you very much and more power. God bless.

  3. ponnu says:

    thank u for ur information

  4. nancy says:

    very useful information thank you.

  5. eloisa says:

    thanx for the info..

  6. rozAn says:

    hmm… thanks!

  7. I have found a very good information here about apple seeds. Thanks for sharing this to us.