I just swallowed a cherry pit
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Although the seeds of stone fruits naturally contain cyanide, small unintentional ingestions generally do not cause harm. However, swallowing, crushing, or chewing the seeds should be avoided. Ingesting stone fruit pits, kernels, or seeds as complementary or alternative medicine is unsupported by scientific evidence and is dangerous and possibly deadly. You're sipping on your delicious post-workout smoothie when you swallow something hard. You realize you unintentionally threw in some whole cherries without removing the pits and now you've swallowed some. You search the internet and are shocked to learn that you might have just swallowed one of the deadliest poisons known to man — cyanide. Oh no!
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Each of these eight otherwise delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables have naturally occurring toxins that, while safe to ingest every so often the body is pretty resilient that way , can definitely kill you depending on how, and how much of it you decide to eat. Now go forth and satisfy that morbid curiosity:. Don't freak out if you accidentally swallow a cherry pit—they're rarely poisonous when eaten whole—but whatever you do, don't eat a broken pit. Because aside from tasting really bitter and generally being impossible to chew, the stones of certain stone fruits, like cherries, apricots, plums and peaches, contain cyanogenic compounds—science talk for "stuff that your body can turn into cyanide. After some quick Googling, we found that hydrogen cyanide is lethal at about 1. A single cherry yields roughly 0.
Yesterday, I went for a walk around my neighborhood in the 89 degree temperatures and thought to myself— summer is officially here. I bought a bag and as I popped one off its stem, I decided that this is the poisonous plant I will blog about this week. Yes, cherries more precisely, cherry pits contain a poison. These types of cyanogenic glycosides or cyanogens are found in over plant species , including apple and pear seeds and in the pits of apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums. When cyanogens are ingested, the human body metabolizes them into cyanide.