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Between chestnuts and chestnuts, a toxic confusion


According to ANSES, poison control centers receive calls every year after an ingestion that causes digestive disorders.

Autumn marks the return of chestnuts to schoolyards and public gardens, but also that of chestnuts along hedgerows and forest paths.

To the naked eye, the former is shiny, round and plump, while the latter is more withered, conical with a small flare at its base.

However, their resemblance causes confusion for non-botanical connoisseurs.

However, mistaking a chestnut for a chestnut can lead to digestive disorders.

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"In autumn, confusion between horse chestnuts and chestnuts is frequent

," says Dr. Sandra Sinno-Tellier, epidemiologist, assistant to the directorate of health alerts and vigilance at ANSES.

The eight poison control centers of the national territory receive a hundred calls each year from people who have eaten horse chestnuts during a meal, believing that they were edible like chestnuts.

This is one of the most common food confusions…

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Source: lefigaro

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