Apricot kernels can cure cancer
False. There is no sound scientific evidence to support the claim that eating apricot kernels will
prevent or cure cancer. In fact, this practice can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Apricot
kernels contain a substance called amygdalin. When the kernels are chewed, cut or crushed the
amygdalin produces the poison cyanide. Depending on the number of kernels eaten, the cyanide
can be poisonous with a range of symptoms from dizziness to coma and death. The characteristic
almond like smell in almonds is due to benzaldehyde, another degradation product of amygdalin.