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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Dangers Of Apple Seeds

Are apples good for your bird? Yes, they are and contain the following:

Raw apples with the skin contain Protein, Vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B6, B 12, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Choline, Betaine, Minerals, Calcuim, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, and Fluoride. Sounds like a wonderful food for your bird and they are but you must take out the seeds. Why because they can be toxic to your bird.
Lurking in the seeds are danger for your bird. They contain poison, in the form of amygdalin, a cyanide and sugar compound which can be broken down in the body into the highly poisonous compound hydrogen cyanide. However, the amount in an apple seed is tiny, not enough to cause harm to a person but in a bird it will as they are much smaller bodied than we are and so it takes a much smaller amount to be dangerous or even lethal for them.
Apple seeds if swallowed whole are not harmful at all as the seed passes through the body unnoticed and intact the danger occurs when they are broken open or chewed to release the harmful cyanide.
Because a bird will crack open a seed to eat it this makes apple seeds very dangerous for them and always wash all fruits well to remove harmful pesticides that may be present.

1 comment:

  1. Cyanide, believe it or not, is a dietary expectation within biologically rational quantities. Cyanide within the body is transformed into another substance called, 'thiocyanate'. Sickle cell anemia is a thiocyanate deficiency disease. Do you see what I'm getting at? Hundreds of foods we consume daily contain dietary cyanide. Provided that we don't overwhelm our natural capacities to process it safely, there is no danger. Cyanide is not an accumulative toxin.

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