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Things I Bet You Didn’t Know Could Poison You
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5 Cherries

Cherries are a tasty fruit that nearly everyone loves, but the cherry pit is extremely poisonous.

  • Cherries are able to be eaten whether baked, cooked or raw, but the ingesting any portion of the pit can lead to danger.
  • The pit, like almonds and apple seeds, contains cyanide.
  • Whenever a cherry pit is chewed, crushed or damaged, hydrogen cyanide is released.
  • Symptoms of mild poisoning from hydrogen cyanide include: dizziness, headaches, anxiety, nausea and vomiting.
  • Ingesting a large dose of the toxin can lead to breathing difficulties, an increase in blood pressure, increased heart rate, and kidney failure.
  • Severe reactions can lead to convulsions, coma, and respiratory failure causing death.
  • Source:chacha.com

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