Government health warning: apricot kernels contain something that can kill you
Till now you, like so many others might have thought apricot kernels were the best alternate remedy for cancer. Well, think again because before it can cure cancer, apricot kernels may kill you instead. As health fads come and go, this has definitely got to be the current controversy surrounding the new health mantra suggesting apricot kernels can cure cancer. It does not; instead as per government warnings, apricot kernels contain cyanide, the deadly toxin which is fatal.
According to a health hazard warning issued recently by the FSA or Food Standards Agency, several retailers have started promoting packets of ground apricot kernels with the claim that they are alternate herbal cure for cancer. The FSA warning urges people not to be taken in and avoid eating the kernels at all costs.
1 FSA Alert Declared Against Consuming Apricot Kernels
The FSA sounded a nationwide alert after it observed a new craze which is claiming that apricot kernels can cure cancer. Apricot kernels, the latest health fad, contain cyanide and could kill, the Government has said as it issued an official warning urging people to avoid eating them. Even today there are several websites which are claiming that the warning issued by the government is foolishly obscuring a valid alternate cure for cancer, where laetrile also known as B17, an extract from compounds present in apricot kernels is the active ingredient that is supposed to target cancer cells.
B17 was banned in 1971 after it was developed by Dr. Earnest Webb, a researcher living in San Francisco in 1952. The substance was derived from apricot seeds and was supposedly used to cure cancer patients. However subsequent trials by Sloane Kettering Hospital led to an FDA Ban on the ingredient and its usage.
2 A Fatal Dose of Cyanide Can Cause Death
As per the FSA warning, apricot kernels contain cyanide in very high levels. A single dose of 30 stones is enough to kill a human and those consuming smaller doses of up to 15 stones could experience potentially dangerous adverse effects which include numbness in limbs.
Such websites like anticancerinfo.co.uk advocate the use of consuming apricot stones as an effective cancer remedy. It also claims that consumption of up to 12 stones daily for a lifetime could keep cancer at bay. That was exactly half the fatal dose required for cyanide to kill.
3 Its Better To Be Safe Than Sorry. Avoid Apricot Kernels
As per expert researchers, B17 is the main ingredient found in Apricot kernels, no doubt. But!! When consumed it converts to Cyanide!! That is where the danger lies. Cyanide needs no introduction as a dangerous poison whose smaller doses cause symptoms like nausea, low blood pressure, lethargy, muscle pain, excessive thirst, insomnia, nervousness and headache. Larger doses are fatal.
The FSA warning against consumption of apricot kernels which contain cyanide is based upon research studies conducted by the European Food Safety Authority or EFSA, which published its findings on the dangers faced in consuming apricot kernels. The study deducted that even half a kernel was potentially dangerous as it exceeded the safety level. Even though there seems to be a matter of debate surrounding the dangers or safety of apricot kernels, it is always healthier to remain on the safe side and avoid taking unnecessary risks.