Bitter and Sweet Apricot Kernels
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!
We roast only Sweet Apricot Kernels (and can be found in two of our mixes, Crunchy Bites & Chilli Bites) they are sweet in flavour (far more tempting) and are nutty with a slight marzipan after taste. Sweet apricot kernels, along with almonds and pips of other small fruits such as cherries, apples, and grapes, also contain small levels of amygdalin but at much lower and more tolerable levels than that found in bitter apricot kernels.
The Benefits of Sweet Apricot Kernels
These super crunchy kernels are packed full of protein and fibre. They are also another great plant source of those essential omega 3 fats which, when present at a high level, help to maintain good cholesterol levels 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.
*RI is the % reference intake.
Sweet apricot kernels are officially a SOURCE of…
- Protein which is needed to grow muscle mass & maintain normal bones.
Looking for ‘sweet’ apricot kernels?
Factoid: 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!