How many almonds does it take to kill you?

You may have heard the myth that eating 15 almonds can kill you.

Rescue your macarons from the bin (5-second rule) because all is not what it seems.

There are actually two types of almonds out there and only one of them is poisonous enough to cause worry.

Wild almonds
Wild almonds contain substances that can be converted to cyanide – a fast and deadly poison – when consumed by the body.  Don’t look so scared –  these bitter almonds are only available as oil or extracts (after all the toxins have been processed).

Sweet almonds
These are the ones you’d find at your local food shop. Unlike bitter almonds, sweet almonds are completely safe to eat in moderation.  They’re a heart-healthy snack that can provide you with nutrients to maintain healthy skin.

Well hello there!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device in cookies to serve you personalized content and ads.

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.