Food & Culture

You Can — and Maybe Should — Eat an Apple Core

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, why do we avoid eating apple cores? We don't need to, it turns out. It's perfectly fine to eat an apple whole.

Is It Safe?

Yes, especially if you spit out the seeds, which are usually located towards the top. Apple seeds contain amygdalin, which releases a tiny amount of cyanide when you digest it. However, you don't digest apple seeds unless you chew them, and most people do. Even if you you do chew or otherwise break apart the hard-shelled seeds, you'd have to eat 18 apples to ingest even close to a lethal dosage of cyanide. After all, you've probably swallowed an amygdalin-packed cherry pit or two in your day, and you're still here to read this. Don't stress.

But Won't the Core Taste Weird?

No. If you eat the apple from the bottom up, according to The Atlantic, the core is "not noticeable." Although you might notice eating it makes apples more filling. Throwing it away wastes approximately 30 percent of an apple. When everyone throws away apple cores, it also wastes billions of dollars in perfectly edible fruit — up to $13.2 billion, the Atlantic estimates.

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Written by Mae Rice May 25, 2018

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