braking down the amygdalin and releasing cyanide would not eliminate the cyanide but activate it! probably the Indians weren't using that much of it or wereinfowolf1
"I believe the crushing would have caused the enzyme to cleave the cyanide from the amygdalin" While crushing allows better access to the seed, I don't believesam_schaperow
Yes, thanks for the links, Geoffrey. Numerous sources say amygdalin is broken down by stomach enzymes, as you say, but also by an enzyme contained in the pitetmarciniec1
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