apricot-kernel-seeds-cyanide-sold-as-health-food-lawsuitCyanide Containing Apricot Kernels Being Sold As a “Super Food”

Sunfood Super Foods, a company based out of San Diego, is selling apricot kernels as a health food. Sunfood sells online and has products available at Whole Foods and Walgreens.



From Sunfood’s website:

“Apricot Kernels are simply the edible seeds of apricots. A close relative to the almond, they have a sweet, nutty flavor with a hint of amaretto. Apricot Kernels are one of the highest natural sources of a rare phytonutrient called amygdalin, also known as vitamin B17, an important nutrient which has largely disappeared from Western diets.”

What is Amygdalin?

“Amygdalin is a poisonous cyanogenic glycoside found in many plants, but most notably in the seeds (kernels) of apricot (known as bitter almonds), peach, and plum.

Since the early 1950s, both amygdalin and a modified form named laetrile have been promoted as alternative cancer treatments, often using the misnomer Vitamin B17.

[1] But studies have found them to be clinically ineffective in the treatment of cancer, as well as potentially toxic or lethal when taken by mouth, due to cyanide poisoning. Neither amygdalin nor laetrile is a vitamin.”

Via Wikipedia.

Food Safety News published an article this May warning of the risk of eating raw apricot kernels:

“The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is reminding the public that eating even a small amount of raw apricot kernels can cause cyanide poisoning and can be fatal in extreme cases.

Raw apricotsEFSA notes that a small amount consumed in one serving means more than three small raw apricot kernels, or less than half of one large one, can exceed safe levels. The agency adds that toddlers consuming even one small apricot kernel risk being over the safe level.”

Click here to read the full article.


Bartle + Marcus and The Law Office of Jared A. Rose are investigating potential claims related to the misleading marketing of apricot kernels and other products containing amygdalin. If you or someone you know has purchased a product containing amygdalin based on its purported health benefits, please contact us here.