Apricot kernels(apricot seeds) are known as the seeds found inside the stone of every apricot. When fresh they are white in colour and once dried have a light brown skin around the outside. They can be confused with a small almond, as they look quite similar, however they are slightly smaller than the common almond and a little flatter in appearance.
There are two main varieties of apricot kernel; the sweet apricot kernel and the bitter apricot kernel. The bitter apricot has as its name suggests, a very off putting bitter flavour and has long been claimed to be beneficial as a natural treatment in curing cancer. It is claimed they contain high levels of B17, otherwise known as amygdalin. Amygdalin breaks down to hydrogen cyanide and in high enough doses can cause acute toxicity!
The Benefits of Sweet Apricot Kernels
These super crunchy kernels are packed full of protein and fibre. They are also another great plant source for those essential omega 3 fats which, when present at a high level, help to maintain normal cholesterol levels plus they contain Thiamin, which plays a role in the normal function of the heart.
They are also high in iron, which helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue, and Phosphorus and Calcium, which both contributes to the maintenance of normal bones. They also have high quantities of Zinc, which can support your vision.
Sweet apricot kernels are officially HIGH in
Fibre a 50g serving of sweet apricot seeds contains approximately 6.7g.
Sweet apricot kernels are officially a SOURCE of
Protein which is needed to grow muscle mass & maintain normal bones
There is a big difference between ‘bitter’ and ‘sweet’ apricot kernels. ‘Bitter’ kernels contain cyanide at a level, which may be toxic if eaten in volume. However sweet kernels are safe to eat and carry no risk of toxicity. Munchy Seeds only use ‘sweet’ kernels in their products because we like our customers to come back for more!