North Texas Research Forum 2024



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cyanide, apricots


Internal Medicine | Medicine and Health Sciences


Functional foods are food items that should be consumed as part of a regular diet in order to provide advantages beyond what are typically referred to as traditional nutritional benefits. Furthermore, in order to support the better function claim or the decreased illness risk claim, these positive outcomes must be scientifically proven. Foods with particular health benefits have been referred to as "superfoods" more recently. Superfoods are conceptually defined as foods with high biological value because of their high concentration of bioactive components and high concentration of nutrients, as well as their high bioavailability and bioactivity in the body. As a byproduct of apricot fruit, apricot kernels are high in carbs, vitamins, and proteins. Additionally, it can be utilized to make food ingredients and for therapeutic purposes. Plants containing fruit and vegetables like sorghum, cassava, lima beans, bamboo shoots, apple seeds, and the kernels of Prunus members like almonds and, crucially, apricot kernels are known to contain cyanogenic glycosides. The latter are most likely to result in acute cyanide poisoning and can contain as much as 6% amygdalin. This case study explores the signs, symptoms, diagnostic challenges, and treatment of cyanide poisoning brought on by eating apricot kernels.

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HCA Healthcare Graduate Medical Education

Cyanide Toxicity Induced by Apricot Kernel Consumption: A Case Report



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