Our Apricot Kernels are all natural, bare and premium quality. These extremely bitter seeds are NOT cooked, steamed or sun dried. They are AIR DRIED at room temperature, therefore preserving the important nutrients and enzymes in the kernel, without the danger of mold formation. Apricot Kernels are very high in protein and healthy essential fats.
CAUTION: While sweet apricot kernels may be substituted for almonds in some recipes raw, bitter apricot kernels should only be eaten in low quantities and in moderation. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency warns eating excessive amounts of raw, bitter apricot kernels can cause acute cyanide poisoning. This is due to its amygdalin content. Amygdalin is a naturally occurring toxin found in most fruit seeds including apple, pear, peach, cherry, nectarine, as well as apricot, It is also found in some beans and many grasses such as wheatgrass. While our bodies can handle small amounts of this toxin, eating excessive amounts is not recommended.
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