How Many Poppy Seeds Are Too Many?

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Taking a drug test? Skip the poppy seed muffin. Poppy seeds are made from opium poppies, which contain morphine and codeine, so you'll test positive if you've eaten poppy seeds foods recently. But don't worry too much -- heroin can be identified in drug tests by the presence of the metabolite 6-O-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM), which is not present in poppy seed foods.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Heroine is made from the same opium poppy as muffins and bagels. 00:06

  2. It has been reported that eating a pasta dish with a half cup of poppy seeds on it can cause symptoms like "dim feelings in the head" and vomiting. 00:54

  3. About a teaspoon for every seven pounds of body weight is the limit for safe poppy seed consumption. 01:07