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Asked by Helen O'Kon
Fruits and Vegetables

Is it true that apples don't really have cores?


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Keith Becker
December 23, 2019 3:46PM

The no core theory was popularized by a 2013 video by Foodbeast in which an apple was eaten whole—seeds and all—from the bottom up, eliminating the “core” entirely. Some oppose this apple eating method based on safety concerns, as apple seeds contain amygdalin, which releases cyanide when digested. However, you’d have to eat roughly 18 apples (including seeds) to even get close to a lethal dose.

Apple eaten from the bottom up

So, you can safely eat through an entire apple. With that established, the confusion then lies in what constitutes the actual core. By one definition, the core is just the thin, fibrous band that runs through the center of an apple, containing the seeds and attaching to the stem.

However, The Atlantic argues that the “core” is actually what we choose to leave behind after consumption, which varies from person to person, and eating the apple in its entirety prevents the core from ever existing. They also state that most of us waste up to 30 percent of perfectly good fruit as a result of avoiding the core.

One study suggests that the core and seeds actually contain the highest concentration of healthy bacteria, and researchers encouraged people to consume the entire apple to get the most nutritional benefit.

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Dylan Morris
January 13, 2020 1:03PM
No. The core is where the seeds are stored
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5 days ago
There is no core and I also heard if you eat the seeds you get taller.
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Adriana Garcia
January 13, 2020 7:19PM
Im pretty sure they do have cores but it is a debate between yes and no.
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Joseph Godwin
January 12, 2020 3:42PM
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Paige Konopelski
January 11, 2020 8:48PM
what he said
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Armando Hinojosa
January 10, 2020 6:53PM
Yea what he said.
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Taliyah Anderson
January 10, 2020 12:23AM
Itsn true just eat one and you will see that thing that you cant eat and thats the core of the apple..... Or you could've looked ip up on google or ask alexa...
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Lilyana Wilson
January 09, 2020 11:40PM
they dont
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Selma Purisic
January 10, 2020 2:48AM
no its nottt
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Cordelia Marino
January 08, 2020 1:38PM
they have a core
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Alyssa Lant
January 08, 2020 1:12AM
stored at the virginia headquarters in the bob ross inc.
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Isabelle Cavazos
January 10, 2020 4:02AM
Apples do have cores because when you eat a apple you can't eat the center of it.