Certain Almonds are Highly Poisonous

Now You KnowYou should know almonds come in two varieties, sweet and bitter, and the latter is highly poisonous when raw.

Bitter almonds contain glycoside amygdalin. When eaten, glycoside amygdalin will turn into prussic acid, a.k.a. hydrogen cyanide, which incidentally was the key ingredient to Zyklon B, the pesticide used in the Nazi gas chambers.

So if you’re walking out in the woods and spot and almond tree, don’t just naturally assume it’s safe to eat the almonds.  It doesn’t take much hydrogen cyanide to kill you. Specifically, it only takes about 100-200 mg of cyanide, when eaten, to kill you within minutes (about .68 mg per pound of body weight).  For reference, each raw bitter almond will produce about 4-9 mg of hydrogen cyanide.    So a few handfuls of raw bitter almonds are enough to kill you quite swiftly and lesser amounts may cause you other serious health issues such as kidney failure.

Interestingly, people who can smell cyanide (about 40% of humans can detect an odor when smelling cyanide, for others it’s odorless) say that it smells a bit like almonds.

Processed bitter almonds though can safely be eaten as all the hydrogen cyanide is leached out during the heating process. Due to their toxicity before being processed, in the United States it is illegal to sell bitter almonds that are unrefined.

Apple seeds are just as poisonous as bitter almonds.  Go here to find out more about this and why cyanide is poisonous, in terms of what’s going on in your body after you ingest it: Apple Seeds Contain Cyanide

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  • Do your research..! No one has died from eating a few handfuls of raw bitter almonds. The hydrogen cyanide is only release on contact with cancer cells but neutralised by an enzyme on healthy cells. So in effect it can “cure” cancer or at least in less severe cases. The US banned the sale of the almonds for the same reason it has banned raw milk (mostly economical).

    • Daven Hiskey

      @David: references?

      • How about YOUR references, regarding YOUR claims, that they WILL kill you?

        Provide evidence, please.

      • Do some research on B-17. The medical mafia has tried spreading the same disinformation campaign about the next best source for B-17, bitter apricot kernals, as well. LOL, yeah… B-17 IS dangerous — to the profits and life-styles of those who depend on the cancer industry for those profits and life-styles…. The “problem” with natural products is that they can’t be patented. If a product can’t be patented, it can’t be proprietized and sold for obscene levels of profit. Most of the folks at the top of such industries not only couldn’t care less about patient’s well-being; but, aside from their “value” as “cash cows,” agree with Kissinger (etc.) that “the world population should be reduced to no more than 500,000,000 – BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY…” (I’m not going to bother with doing your homework for you. It’s easy enough to fact check on your own with a simply google search…)

        • Your so right in everything you said people believe in these people who use us as money making machine then believing in themselves and what nature provides to feed and heal our bodies

  • I think the author Daven Hiskey is right, however i would just like to elaborate few things regarding bitter almonds and apricot kernels.
    1. Bitter almonds as well as bitter apricot kernels do contain cyanogenic chemicals as explained by the author, consumption of larger amount of such seeds can be dangerous. However they are so bitter that no one usually consumes them in those quantities. However if you want to see the proof, just feed two bitter almonds to a chicken and see.
    2. On the internet and western social media, there is usually confusion as regards the apricot kernels, like almonds most of them are sweet, only few plants produce bitter ones. Sweet ones are perfectly safe for human consumption. I am not saying this on some hearsay but based on my own experience. We consume dozens of apricot seeds daily for extended long periods without any ill effects. And a number of communities in Himalayan region consume them regularly. The overwhelming concept that apricot kernels are almost always bitter or toxic is false.
    3. The use of bitter almonds and bitter apricot kernels for treating cancer has not been scientifically established, its one of the hoaxes only.

    • CYANIDE PRESENT IN APRICOT KERNEL HAVING THE COMBINATION OF ONE MOLECULE OF SUGAR AND ONE MOLECULE OF CYANIDE AND CANCER CELL FEEDS ONLY ON SUGAR , WHEN CANCER CELL ENGULF THE SUGAR AND RELEASE GLUCOSIDASE ENZYME TO ISOLATE SUGAR FROM CYANIDE THEN CYANIDE GET ACTIVE AS FREE MOLECULE IN THE CANCER CELL CONSEQUENTLY CANCER CELL DIE.
      GLUCOSIDASE ENZYME IS NOT PRESENT IN NORMAL CELL SO THERE IS NO HARM OF AMAGDYLIN (LATERILE OR VITAMIN B 17) IN NORMAL CELL .
      REGARDS

      • I’m going with you Robin. Very intelligent answer. For myself, as long as you put out all aspects of what may or may not happen, everything should be made available to people to treat themselves. No one should have a monopoly on truth or treatment.

        Eating seeds of fruit and vegetables is as old as the bible. It was clearly stated to eat BOTH the fruit AND the seed inside.

        Having research point this out is just novelty as we’ve known this for millennium. Having man-made science say it contains chemicals is just as interesting as it further proves small amounts of the chemicals in these seeds DO have an effect on the human body.

      • TThis is EXACTLY the way I understand it.

    • A “hoax,” it’s not… Sloan-Ketterling was doing studies back in the 70’s; but, when one of the top researchers of the time was showing MAJOR results, some VERY under-handed crap was pulled. Do a search using the terms:
      Sugiura’s studies laetrile

      Incidentally, investigative journalist, G. Edward Griffin has some rather good videos regarding B-17 and medical mafia suppression, in general. Here’s a good link to start with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeYMduufa-E

      He also has some great info on the (non)Federal (non)Reserve, as well.

  • i eat every day about 30 35 bitter almonds,i dont feel anything wrong ,i have eathen them along with apircot kernels in huge doses since my childhood ,where i live the place i called almond,because there a lots of almonds trees,bitter an sweat,i didnt hear anyone to get poison from bitter almonds

    • ZARKO YOU ARE RIGHT ON MY CHILD HOOD I OFTEN EAT APPLES ALONG WITH APPLE SEED , IT FEELS TO ME BITTER IN TASTE BUT I AM ALIVE WHILE APPLE HAVE MORE AMAGDYLIN OR VITAMIN B 17 THAN APRICOT KERNEL .

  • The only ones who promote that bitter apricot kernel are poisonous are those who invest in making money off people with cancer, like the pharmecuetical companies, the bought out FDA and the health industry that promotes using chemotherapy which only has a success rate of 3% and cost $$$$ Thoussands of dollars but demonizes a natural seed that contains B17, kills cancer but cost only $10.00 a bag.

    They make more money off of us when we are sick then when we are well, that’s why you rarely see “PREVENTIVE MEDICINE” coming out of our health care centers. BITTER ALMONDS IS A PREVENTIVE NATURAL MEDICINE.

    Do your research!
    The cyanide in the apricot is so minimal, it would take hundreds of seeds to poison ones body.

    BUT CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE is poisonous too if you take too much! Swallow a handful of oxycodine and see what happens…you probably will die.

  • This article is completely incorrect and deliberately misleading. Bitter almonds have been eaten without any harm by humans for about 9000 years or more.

    • Daven Hiskey

      @Lyn: Up until very recently mercury was used as a cure-all and we humans surrounded ourselves by items containing lead. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t harm in these things. Bitter almonds can be prepared in such a way that they are fine to eat. But if you make a practice of eating handfuls of raw ones, you will die from it eventually.

      • Baloney.

        Your statements are false, until you provide documented evidence of them.

        • Daven Hiskey

          @cotf: Sausage. Your statements about my statements are false, until you provide documented evidence of the invalidity of my statements. 😉

          • It’s been two years now…any chance you have evidence of bitter almond related deaths? Have you done enough reading to see that maybe you were wrong? Any of the bitter almond deaths you do find, were they on Chemotherapy? Does the death correlate more with “death by chemo” or a cyanide poisoning?

      • Daven is wrong. It is a fact that vitamin C was known as a cure for scurvy centuries before it was accepted .The cure for pellagra was know decades before accepted. The profit potential was little compared to the profit in the cancer industry. Sodium chloride is also a poison, note the chloride molecule but together you get table salt, a heavily consumed compound. Hydroflourosalicic acid aka fluoride is accepted by all biochemistry as toxic yet accepted by common opinion. I’m a chemical engineer and an expert nutritionist and common opinion is almost always wrong.

        • Daven Hiskey

          @Ajinkyaah: As a chemical engineer and expert nutritionist, you’re no doubt aware that if you cut out completely the “poison” that is sodium chloride from your diet, you’d die remarkably quickly. It’s almost as if dosages of given compounds, as well as the chemical structure, matter. For instance, water is highly lethal in large enough doses, and people die every year from drinking too much water. Poison! Further, water contains both hydrogen and oxygen, both quite lethal in their pure forms given the right circumstances. Double poison! 😉 I will give you that common opinion can at times be quite wrong, or at the least, not wholly informed by the data available.

          • Dude you just proved yourself wrong. You’re whole point was that bitter almonds have cyanide so they must be poisonous, and just now you listed several examples of toxic chemicals that actually are beneficial to humans. You blew it.

            Yes, without salt you’ll die. Without iodine, you’ll get goiters. Without vitamin c you’ll get scurvy. And without vitamin b17(amygdalin) you’re likely to get cancer. It’s a vitamin deficiency. Cancer treatment in the U.S. is a money machine dude, and they want to keep that money machine pumping for as long as they can.

          • Daven Hiskey

            @Corey Nichols: So given that everyone in that industry knows all about what you’re saying, that means none of them nor their loved ones die of cancer as they all secretly use this cure? 😉

      • The Hunzakuts of Northern Pakistan are no exception. They often live to be over 100 years old. In 1922 British surgeon Dr. Robert McCarrison reported that they had never had a case of cancer and they ate copious amounts of Apricot kernels. In fact a Hunza man’s wealth was determined by the amount of Apricot trees he owned!

  • this article is correct . one reference for it:
    Shargg TA, Albertson TE, Fisher CJ Jr. Cyanide poisoning after bitter almond ingestion. West J Med 1982; 136(1):65-69.

  • I have eaten 5 bitter almonds in childhood to win Rs. 10 (0.2 USD). Also my mom used to say that bitter almonds make your will power stronger, so whenever I encountered a bitter almond, I ate it without telling anyone. Here I am very much alive. “Pratyaksh ko praman ki aavshyakta nahi” i.e – Visible doesn’t need proof.

  • David Hiskey is absolutely correct!

    This is article is the biggest bunch of rubbish I’ve ever come across. I eat 40 bitter almonds per day. And they haven’t harmed me yet. How can you write such rot? Well, I guess I know. You swiped most of your information from WebMD and other “useful” websites. And, naturally, they don’t want you to eat these almonds since they have been proven in many peer reviewed scientific articles to be an effective treatment for cancer. I know. I had T1c prostate cancer and after a few months my cancer was gone and hasn’t returned.

    But, naturally the AMA and Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know that. Cancer is big business. All these blighters know is cut, burn and poison. By the way, Chemo “therapy” IS deadly poisonous. It not only kills cancer but every other cell in ones body. And at 9,000 quid per “treatment” they stand to make a lot of cash for killing a person. People don’t die from cancer it the chemo that kills them since it renders their entire immune system ineffective. They usually die from pneumonia.

  • Daven is a shill for Big Pharma. He wants people to cite “sources.” Why should we provide sources? Go look them up yourself, they’res plenty out there. Nincompoop.

    • Daven Hiskey

      @Gwaredd Thomas: I wasn’t aware stating that cyanide is poisonous to humans was advocating “Big Pharma.”

      • People who warn us about bitter almonds typically state that they contain prussic acid (a chemical precursor to cyanide compounds), and hydrocyanic acid (also in the cyanide family). Similar compounds exist in benign organic forms in most of our healthiest foods, so while it is true that bitter almonds contain these compounds (like other healthy foods), is it also equally true that our science does not understand how these organic forms operate inside the body. The danger of bitter almonds is generally assumed based on the discovery of these compounds, and not on empirical evidence of people actually dying. Real science does not present assumptions as facts.

        • Daven Hiskey

          @Ran: Another potential source of misconception is that it’s actually illegal to sell bitter almonds in many countries if they haven’t been properly processed to remove the toxic elements. So at least some who regularly eat them and think they’re fine might simply be eating the processed versions, which are absolutely fine.

  • I won’t participate in the argument, but I find this tidbit fascinating:

    In order to say amygdalin is bad for you, you have to discredit Krebs, the father of the Cell aka Chemistry.

    Otherwise you discredit the AMA.

    I personally eat 30+ apricot seeds, and just pigged out on a bag of shelled pumpkin seeds, which also contain amygdalin, but have no warnings. I’m very curious why some foods have the warning and others don’t, but both contain the same chemistry.

    I have a computer science degree myself, but I can’t stand reading textbooks without doing the experimentation. So I eat these things to see.

    That said, doctors are still valuable if I break my arm or something, gotta be suspicious in moderation.

  • Bitter almonds were banned by the FDA almost immediately after the discovery of B17 as a natural cancer cure.

    Suddenly bitter almonds had ‘cyanide’ in them and were dangerous.

    Once the pasteurization was implemented, the B17 could be pretty much nullified, and the cancer-cure effect was safely neutralized.

    Without the F.D.A, the pharmaceutical industry could have lost billions of dollars.

    God bless America and our protectors. They just want to make sure we keep dying at an acceptable rate.

    Imagine what a disaster it would be if all the research money and product development profiting from suffer and death were to suddenly become a waste!

    At least two or three-hundred extremely rich people would lose a small fraction of their wealth.

    God bless America.

  • The bitter almonds you buy at the store are pasteurized with a carcinogen now.

    They removed the alleged cancer-cure (B17) with the use of a cancer-causing agent.

    Genius, really.. The people who run this country are really just great people.

    • I was under the impression that imported bitter almonds would not be pasteurized, only those grown in North America.

  • Everyone interested in this subject would find the movie “World Without Cancer – The Story of Vitamin B17” very interesting. It is on Youtube. It is a documentary based on the book by the same name by G. Edward Griffin.

  • I had my heart set on the bag of Apricot Kernels I have, working fantastically at killing my returned breast cancer that has spread. I was working up to the optimum level I read about of approximately 40 seeds per day. Today was 28 seed day (increasing 2-4 per day) I had drank my 1.5 ozs of George’s Aloe Vera, to help with my leaky gut and then chewed up 3 of the seeds. I have been doing the seeds for almost 2 weeks. Within minutes my face suddenly felt very warm. Then I noticed my hands were bright red and tried to get to a mirror to see if I could figure out what was going on. My whole face was the reddest it has ever been in my almost 60 years, along with my ears, elbows, and knees. I was waiting for the reaction to move across my chest and stop me from breathing and I had no idea why this was happening. It took over an hour of working very hard at staying calm, breathing deep, and putting a cool wet towel on my face and neck for it to subside some. Now my liver and kidney areas are rather uncomfortable. My heart rate was slightly elevated and my blood pressure was also during most of the ordeal. I am devastated as I was a true believer and have read many many success stories of people beating their cancer with B17 pills and mandatory eating of the Apricot kernels every day. I buy them from a good source, the same as most of the other people I had researched cases for. When I looked up my symptoms I found it on a cyanide website where it said cyanide poisoning turns the skin cherry red as the body is not able to use the oxygen it is taking in. I didn’t progress to the nausea, throwing up, seizures, asphyxia and death, obviously. I sure wish I knew why so many can eat them and do extremely well, but I could not. I really really needed this to work. Cancer runs in my family and we need to find a good alternative treatment cure. I also do cannabis oil and other supplements that are supposed to help. Very sad about all of this…..

    • I read about this same type of reaction, I think while reading about the consumption of organic sulphur. It actually turns out to be the bodies response telling you that you need more of this substance. There is a name for this response. What was advised is to reduce considerably the initial doses. Instead of maybe three times a day start off with one or two and cut the amount to a tenth for each time. Over a week, if no reactions than increase the times per day than after that increase slowly the actual amount. Look it up, this natural reaction of your body.

    • It’s possible that you’re allergic to them, just as some people are allergic to peanuts… It’s also possible that they might have gotten “contaminated” with Niacin (B-3). What you described sounds a LOT like a “Niacin flush.”

  • Google manioc, also called cassava, against cancer. This root vegetable also contains b17. During 6 years of Japanese occupation of Malaya, the locals ate manioc. The Japanese consficated the rice for themselves. The only thing that saved the locals from starvation was manioc. It grows in abundance. Manioc must be cooked. It cannot be eaten raw. I don’t think anyone died from cyanide poisoning ? My relatives and family ate manioc regularly. The old folks died of old age, mostly beyond 90 years. Manioc is also known as the poor man’s food. It’s quite tasteless.

  • Generally speaking the FDA is full of shite. If they prohibit something, at least consider the possibility even probability that it’s a boon to your health and welfare. If they “allow” their corporate masters to promote it, it’s probably diliterious to your health and well being.

  • It is sad that because of desperation, normally rational and prudent people have turned to folk medicine and Internet remedies in an attempt to treat cancer.

    It is also sad that people earnestly believe that their government is conspiring with drug manufacturers and doctors to suppress hidden and secret cures for diseases.

    Maybe what people need is hope. Maybe when a person is not willing to accept that they are going to die, they grasp at anything offering hope and so they turn to folk remedies that they can whip up in their kitchen.

    What I personally believe is that these people would do better going to a grief counselor and accepting the inevitable and mourning the loss of their own life. I think that learning to accept fate and living a life based on reality, are important for a person to be self-actualized. People need reality and truth even if their life is ending far sooner than they had hoped.

    • What IS “very sad” is that people are brainwashed to believe what you believe. Do the search I suggested above, of: Sugiura’s studies laetrile – which yeilds a lot f good info on Sloan-Ketterling tampering with (otherwise) positive results, produced by their top researcher. THAT is just ONE of MANY such examples of such greed-based behaviors within the medical industry.

  • “It is very sad” So it sounds like you are saying that all of us that have cancer (which is in the millions) should just roll over and die? I don’t believe that. What harm does it do to allow cancer patients to try something different than surgery, radiation and chemo when they have already had those regiments and failed. What is very sad is that people believe that a person has no right to try so called “natural remedies when all else has failed. Saving ones own life is not sad, its will power to live. I refuse to just accept what you call the “inevitable” when it really isn’t. Whether these remedies work or not is besides the point. The main point is that a person should be allowed to pursue his own path and make his own decisions.
    As far as bitter almonds are concerned, I have researched both sides of the argument and the related sources. I can see no evidence that bitter almonds actually can kill a person when doses are kept down. There is however tons of evidence ( too lengthy to list here) showing that the FDA and the AMA do try to siderail any attempt by any to market a natural or alternative cure. Just look up the cases of Gerson, Hoxsey and Burzynski. The latter was able to finally beat the FDA to a certain degree but it took an act of congress to do it.

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