General Question

ben's avatar

How many apple skins are too many? Could it be dangerous?

Asked by ben (8467points) November 23rd, 2006
So in the course of Thanksgiving pie-making, I found myself eating a large quantity of apple skins--maybe 5 apples worth. Then I got a very strange headache and have been feeling intoxicated. Anyone know what the chemical involved is, and how much is too much? I'm feeling a little better, but I'm still curious.
Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

8 Answers

benjiwitz's avatar
perhaps they were sprayed with pesticides? did you wash them?
ben's avatar
They were unwashed, but organic and local (from a csa)
hossman's avatar
Apple skins are one of the top 10 sources of human ingestion of pesticides. Apple skins themselves are one of the best sources of quercetin, a bioflavinoid that is supposed to be one of the best natural remedies for headache and seizures. Can't find anything about intoxicants in apple skins. Always wash all fruits and vegetables, even if organic. Even though the farmer may not have used pesticides directly, animals, birds and insects may have been on the fruit, and who knows where they were previously.
b's avatar
How did your stomahe feel duiring this whole process? The headache probably was unrelated. Now if you ate a bunch of apple seeds....
Evan's avatar
...then it is likely that you are growing an apple tree inside your stomach. :0
wabarr's avatar

Never heard of any harmful chemical in the skins. I have heard that apple seeds have arsenic in them…but according to my understanding (totally unscientific hearsay), you would have to eat more apples than your stomach could hold to do any damage.

Response moderated
_zen_'s avatar

Love questions from 2006. Just saying.

Answer this question




to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther