16 September 2009

If you drink, don't durian

Your mom was right: eating durians and drinking booze at the same time can kill!
Durian tree (Durio sp.)
Durians still on the tree on Pulau Ubin.

A new scientific study finds out why.

Durians and booze: worse than a stinking hangover
New Scientist 16 Sep 09;
ACCORDING to Asian folklore, eating the famously pungent durian - known as the "king of fruits" - along with alcohol can kill you. Now intrepid researchers have confirmed there may be some truth in this supposition. It is the first time combining a fruit with booze has been scientifically linked to an adverse reaction.

John Maninang and Hiroshi Gemma from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, wondered if the reported side effects were due to durian's high sulphur content impairing alcohol breakdown. In test tubes they found that durian extract inhibited the activity of aldehyde dehydrogenase - an enzyme that clears toxic breakdown products - by up to 70 per cent (Food Chemistry, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2009.03.106).

Detractors complain about the rotting smell of durian, says Gemma. "Now we know that it may smell of danger too."


  1. rofl correct me if I am wrong but doesn't it mean u get to maintain high levels of alcohol if u take durians with beer? hahah HMmMMmmm saves beer money!

  2. Rofl read too fast its ALDEHYDE dehydrogenase.. acetylaldehyde is wat u get when alcohol breaks down..
    so its the yucky feeling of hangover maybe?

    i found this link that states what might happen
    Possible side effects
    Disulfiram-alcohol reaction:
    throbbing in head and neck
    throbbing headaches
    respiratory difficulty
    copious vomiting
    chest pain

  3. Wah! Thanks for sharing that Kevin!

    I am not to fond of durians. And after reading this, my unfondness has grown.

    Actually, I have some of those symptoms just SMELLING durians...



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