Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Now we all accidentally swallow unintended things from time to time. Ice cubes, gum, even whole pieces of candy. And we ingest small seeds from fruit to like the seeds from strawberries or blackberries. We should stop doing that right? Yeah, but what would happen to your body if you swallowed a whole pit like from a cherry? Follow may 1st, let's take a short walk through the digestive system. It starts when you chew your food and swallow your food is help down your throat by your saliva, which has enzymes in it that helped break it down. Muscles in your esophagus help carry the food to your stomach. Here, stomach moves the food around, using Maur enzymes and acids to break it down into smaller particles than our liver uses bile to break it down even more. Finally, it moves through the small intestine, where it's separated into what the body needs and what it does who food has a long journey before our body can get what it needs. Now let's look at what you should know when you swallow something that your digestive system doesn't expect. Like a cherry pit. One. Cherry pits are indigestible. Don't worry. You'll be fine. The pit will pass through your digestive system, but it'll stay whole. Remember those enzymes and digestive juices? I mentioned? They aren't able to break down something like a cherry pit. When it gets to your intestines, they'll just say we don't need this and the pit will be shown the door too well. Swallowing the pit. Give me stomach discomfort. The pit may be uncomfortable to swallow, but you probably won't get a stomachache. You may feel some symptoms of indigestion if you have a preexisting stomach condition. In general, the pit should pass through pretty easily, especially if you eaten other food recently. There are other indigestible or hard to digest foods that we eat all the time, like corn, beans and seeds that don't give us too many problems. The hard work of the digestive system knows what to D'oh. Three. Never eat the scenes Cherries belonged to a group of fruits called stone fruit. Other fruits in this category include peaches, mangos and apricots. Fruits belonging to this group all have a pit in the middle, and this pit holds the seeds. The shell of the pit is indigestible, but if you break it open and chew and swallow the seats. Then you might be in trouble. The seeds of stone fruit contains cyanide, which could quickly put you in the hospital for what? It's cyanide. Glad you asked. It could be a gas, but it's also assault. Ah, highly toxic one. It comes in several compounds, but the one found in the seeds of stone fruits like Cherries is hydrogen cyanide, which binds with the natural sugars. In these fruits. This substance is manufactured on an industrial scale to make plastics, metals, paints and synthetic fibers. Those working with it must take a lot of safety precautions, such as wearing an oxygen mask and other protective gear. I do to my body. Well, it's not good. Within minutes, you'd have symptoms like headache, dizziness and weakness. Every organ in your body uses oxygen from cells to work properly. Cyanide would bind with enzymes in our tissues to stop this process. In other words, our major organs would stop getting oxygen and shut down. Don't worry. The good news is that there's an antidote. It's called hydroxy cabal Ament. This compound turned cyanide into a substance that can be removed from the body by the kidneys. Have you ever swallowed the seeds from a stone fruit and experience these symptoms? Who let me know in the comments? Number six. Would I survive? I would. I just don't know about, you know seriously. If you think you've chewed and swallowed some seeds from a cherry pit or other stone fruit and you get medical attention ASAP, you'll survive. Thean Gestion of Cyanide is still dangerous, but not quite as dangerous as it is when it's inhaled in its gas form. Don't do that if it's ingested. You still have plenty of time to get medical attention hours, in fact. But that doesn't mean you should wait. The faster you seek medical attention and get that antidote, the better your body will be able to recover. Seven. Are there any other foods that contain cyanide? Well, plans, including many that we utilize is a food source. Develop these compounds that contain cyanide as a natural defence against insects. Besides the fruits and the stone fruit group I mentioned, watch out for a Lima beans, cassava roots and bamboo shoots. They need to be fully cooked before eating. Don't forget that apples also contain seeds even though they don't have a pit, and these contain cyanide to also bitter. Apricot pits, also known as kernels, contain the highest amount of cyanide in the stone fruit Group eight precautions. Now, if you're munching on a bag of delicious Cherries, try to remember to spit out those pits. Keep a small dish beside you or a trash can. Chew the fruit around the pits slowly. Even though that outside shell is indigestible, it's better to be safe than sorry. As a general rule, never chew or swallow any kind of pit or colonel. Swallowing pits presents a choking hazard to also be careful of how you dispose of the pits of you have pets, pits and seeds from stone fruits are toxic to some animals, too. Now. Don't go around being afraid of Cherries or refusing to eat them. They put Cherries back on your good list. Here's some fun facts. We've been eating Cherries since the Stone Age. Fossilized cherry pits have been discovered in prehistoric caves in Asia and Europe. The Greek author feel Frances wrote about Cherries in his history of plants in 300 BC, noting them for their help in getting rid of excess salt in the body. Now the Cherries we eat today came to America in the 16 hundreds, brought over by Europeans. Back then, they were mostly used in Pem a Can, a delicious meat dish that uses both pounded and dry me melted fat and other ingredients like Cherries to give it a sophisticated burst of flavor. There are more than 1000 varieties of Cherries. There are sweet ones and tart ones about 500 of each. But we only eat about 20 varieties or so. So not all Cherries are in mass production in the U. S. Cherries on Lee come from a few states. Michigan grows the majority of tart Cherries. Washington grows 62% of the sweet Cherries held by California and Oregon. These sweet Cherries are the ones that are so popular to eat during the summertime. Just remember to spit out those pits. Turkey is the world's leader in the mass production of Cherries, giving us 335,000 tons of Cherries each year, and you won't believe the simple, ingenious way they're harvested. Farmers use a big mechanical grip, which shakes the tree and loosens the Cherries theat bridge. Cherry tree grows about 7000 Cherries That's enough for grandma to make 28 cherry pies. Let's do the math. UH, let's not series air loaded with a lot of stuff that's good for you, like antioxidants and essential vitamins. Naturally, sweet Cherries will fix that sweet tooth and are low in calories, so they're agreed. Healthy snack. They can also be used in cooking to give your meal a healthy boost. Despite the name, the Japanese cherry tree isn't famous for Cherries. It's known for its gorgeous buds, and they're amazing smell. It's considered the national flower of Japan and represents empathy, beauty and acceptance of destiny. Canada gets credit for baking the biggest cherry pie in the world, which weighed nearly £40,000. They still hold that record to this day, which was previously held by Traverse City, Michigan. While they don't hold the record for the biggest cherry pie anymore, Traver City still holds an annual national cherry festival. Since 1925. The festival celebrates all things cherry for two days, with cherry themed food pie eating contests, a cherry pit spitting contest. Hey, sign me up and more. They even crown a Cherry Queen back in Roman times, Cherries were part of the soldier's food rations. As they were marching along, the soldiers would spit out the pits, essentially planting a new cherry tree. They eventually spread throughout the entire Roman Empire. The record for a cherry pit spitting contest is 93 FIG said. By Brian Krause in 2004 a cherry pit spitting contest is held every year in Eau Claire, Michigan. I can't think of a better reminder for you to spit out those pits. Okay, if you learn something new today, then give this video alike and share it with a friend. And here are some other videos I think you'll enjoy. Just chick, just chick. 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