Okay, so last post I mentioned saving your apple seeds to eat them with your apple. Well aren't apple seeds poisonous? There's been a ton of controversy about this subject, but I'll try to be as clear about it as possible.
I grew up thinking, as most people do, that you should never eat apple seeds, or any other fruit seed for that matter. I was told that they are poisonous and could kill you. I was especially afraid of peach and apricot seeds. I remember refusing to eat a peach if I accidentally opened the pit while cutting the fruit up. I was scared to death that if I got even a molecule of that "poisonous" middle into my mouth that I would get sick and die!
Well recently I found that all that conventional learning was completely false. In fact, not only is the pit of peaches and other fruit seeds not poisonous, they are actually good for you and have been proven to prevent and cure cancer! Big pharmaceutical companies of course don't want you to know that, so they perpetuate the belief that eating fruit seeds can kill you.
These people that are saying that apple seeds are poisonous are referring to the amygdalin that is present in apple seeds and in other fruit seeds in the rose family. And they are right, these seeds do contain this chemical, which is made up of four components: two of them are glucose, one is cyanide and the other is benzaldyhide. Wait a minute! Cyanide and benzaldyhide? Yes. They are poisonous, but only if they are released or freed as pure molecules and not bound within other molecular formations, such as in fruit seeds. These seeds are safe to eat because the cyanide remains bound and locked as part of another molecule.
Another reason they are safe and good for you is because there is an enzyme in normal, healthy cells called rhodanese that actually catches any free cyanide molecules and renders them harmless by combining them with sulfur. This chemical reaction converts the cyanide into cyanate, which is a neutral substance. Cyanate is then passed safely through the urine.
But cancer cells do not have this rhodanese. They contain beta-glucosidase, which is not found in normal cells. Beta-glucosidase is an enzyme that, instead of binding cyanide with sulfur to make it neutral, releases both the cyanide and the benzaldyhide, which destroys the cancer cell by creating a toxic synergy.
So amygdalin will destroy unhealthy cells, like cancer, while leaving healthy ones alone because of the protective enzymes in the healthy cells and the releasing enzymes in the cancer cells. Compared to conventional treatments for cancer, which destroy ALL cells, healthy and unhealthy alike, the amygdalin in fruit seeds is a much better way to go.
Most people don't know about this enzymatic reaction in the cells, so they assume that if you eat apple seeds, which do contain cyanide, you will die. I've even seen some articles state that if you eat a few apple seeds that you should immediately go to the doctor to get your stomach pumped! How ridiculous!
There are many good resources on finding out more information about amygdalin in apple seeds and apricot kernels. One of my favorites is "World Without Cancer" by G. Edward Griffin. You should read it!
The next time you eat an apple, don't throw away those yummy and healthy seeds! In my opinion, they kind of taste like really strong almonds. My kids eat them with the apple. They put a seed in their mouth and then take a bite of apple. If you don't like the taste of the seeds, you can do it that way because the sweetness of the apple masks the flavor of the seed. Do the same thing with your peaches and apricots. The kernel inside the pit is very bitter, but it is full of good amygdalin that will fight off any unhealthy cells in your body.
If you are still a little wary that you will get poisoned if you eat too much, a good rule of thumb is to only eat as many seeds as you would eat if you ate the whole fruit along with the seeds. In other words, if you would be able to eat let's say 3 apricots, then eating 3 apricot seeds would be fine for you.
I hope I didn't get too technical with all the enzyme stuff. And I hope that you will now see how good apple seeds are for you. "A (whole) apple a day keeps the doctor away" may be more true than you think!