How many cherry seeds can kill you?

In this article, we will answer the question “How many cherry seeds can kill you?” What should I do If I swallow cherry pits, are there any health benefits of cherry pits, are cherry pits dangerous to swallow during pregnancy, and how to make cherry pit syrup?

How many cherry seeds can kill you?

It takes about 3–4 pits of the Morello cherry or 7–9 pits of red or black cherries to kill you. A single cherry pit contains roughly 0.17 grams of cyanide. However, this amount varies considerably. 

Therefore, it is difficult to clearly state the number of cherry seeds that can kill you. The toxicity threshold of cyanide is 0.2–1.6 mg per pound (0.5–3.5 mg per kg) of body weight. So, it will take a greater number of cherry pits to kill a heavy individual. 

It is important to clarify that cherry seeds do not contain hydrogen cyanide. Instead, they contain Amygdalin which is a cyanogenic glycoside. 

When you ingest the cherry seeds and they are broken down by your stomach, Amygdalin is converted into its toxic form i.e hydrogen cyanide. Hydrogen cyanide targets your vital organs such as the brain, heart, and lungs.

The amount of Amygdalin varies with the type of cherry pit. For example, a red cherry pit has an average of 3.9 mg of amygdalin per gram of fruit compared to the 2.7 mg per gram of amygdalin present in the pit of black cherry. Whereas, the Morello cherry pits contain amygdalin at the rate of 65 mg per gram of fruit.

From this, we can deduce that it will take about 3–4 pits of the Morello cherry or 7–9 pits of red or black cherries to kill you.

What should I do If I swallow cherry pits?

Swallowing or ingesting 1-2 cherry pits won’t hurt you. If you have accidentally swallowed more than just a couple of cherry pits, try to spit them out. 

If that is not possible and you are suspecting the situation to worsen due to the onset of symptoms, contact 911 or dial the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222.

Common symptoms of toxicity that result from ingesting cherry pits may look like headaches, nausea, seizures, convulsions, and asphyxiation.

Are there any health benefits of eating cherry pits?

Studies have shown that cherry pits contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. But the safety and the effectiveness of eating cherry seeds are being investigated. As of yet, there are no conclusive findings that prove that cherry pits are beneficial to your health in any way.

Cherry pits are being tested for their ability to treat gout and improve the blood uric acid profile. Moreover, culinary experts have found other uses for cherry pits. For example, cherry kernels can be used to extract cherry flavor. More on this in the article below.

Are cherry pits dangerous for pregnant ladies?

You need to be concerned if you chewed the cherry pits in massive amounts. Otherwise, you are good to go. As stated above, a few cherry pits are unlikely to cause you any harm even if you are pregnant.

If you accidentally swallowed cherry pits while pregnant, and experience symptoms such as headache, nausea, diarrhea, or an upset stomach, seek medical help.

How to make cherry pit syrup?

Ingredients 

  • 7 ounces cherry pits (about 1 heaping cup; 200g); see notes
  • Pinch of salt, to taste
  • 1 drop of rose water, or more to taste (optional)
  • 1 drop almond extract, or more to taste (optional)

Instructions 

  1. Mix cherry pits, sugar, and lime husk (if using) in a glass or mason jar. Close the jar and leave it for at least 6 hours and a maximum of 24 hours. Give this mixture a quick stir once or twice during the resting period to help dissolve the sugar.
  1. When the sugar has dissolved and a pool of ruddy syrup has collected in the jar, strain the pits using a fine-mesh sieve.
  1. Amp up the flavor of the prepared syrup by stirring in some salt, almond extract, rose water, etc. You can also add vanilla essence but make sure you add the flavoring agents in minute quantities.
  1. Pour the cherry pit syrup into a mason jar and keep it in the fridge for up to a month. Add a little jazz to your desserts by drizzling them with cherry pit syrup or use it to make summer-friendly refreshing drinks.

Conclusion 

In this article, we answered the question “How many cherry seeds can kill you?”, what should I do If I swallowed cherry pits, are there any health benefits of cherry pits, are cherry pits dangerous to swallow during pregnancy, and how to make cherry pit syrup.

References 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cherry-pits#bottom-line

https://www.seriouseats.com/cherry-pit-syrup-recipe

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