Saturday, 21 August 2010


I'm pretty sure everyone noticed by now (in Malaysia), it is the durian season.

My mom always tell me that we should never mix durian with alcohol or Coke.

Now, how true is that?

I've decided to do some research in the internet to check whether this is just another myth or indeed a fact.

A study by John Maninang and Hiroshi Gemma from the University of Tsukuba, Japan proved that this Asian folklore could be true.

The durian's high sulphur content actually impairs alcohol breakdown because it turned off the activity of aldehyde dehydrogenase (an enzyme that clears toxic breakdown products) by up to 70%.
Source : New Scientist

While it doesn't say much here, I think it probably meant that it prevents the proper digestion of alcohol?

Even in Wikipedia, it was stated that some said you can't even consume durian with coffee.
Probably this is related to Coke because both contains caffeine.

I was able to find that mixing caffeine and alcohol is deadly but nothing about mixing with durian. Haha.

"A new research suggests that drinking more than 10 alcoholic drinks a week or 4 cups of strong coffee each day can increase the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat.
2 studies presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona found that alcohol and caffeine intake can affect the chances of developing an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation."
Source : India Times

On top of that, too much of durian can also cause death.
A Thai died after eating four durian in close succession.
The Thailand's Ministry of Public Health even issued a warning against excessive durian consumption.

While durians are delicious, it is high in calories.
For 100 grammes of long-stemmed durians, it is 181 calories,
129 calories for kradum durians and 340 calories for candied durians.

A 2-kg mon thong durian, once peeled, weighs 600 grammes with a total of 978 calories.
The Thai ate 4 of these and get an instant energy burst of 4,000 calories, twice the daily requirement for an average person.

People with overweight/obese problem, together with high blood pressure, heart conditions and diabetes should be even more caution when it comes to eating durians.

Some people even experimented on themselves to check the truth of these beliefs :

There's nothing much to be seen in the video except a few men drinking Whisky and eating durians.
What's important was in the description, it was written that the video was taken in 2006 but only uploaded in 2008
(This probably meant they survived. LOL).

Others also tried Durian + Wine and survived.

Since all these studies, news, and experiments may not be 100% proven due to lack of studies done
(probably because this fruit is not very popular in the West),
*See what they said about it?*

I think whatever it is that you're eating, it's best to just take it in moderation. =)

Fun Fact :
Some Indonesian activist introduced durian-flavoured condoms as a hot new item to fight Aids.
150,000 pieces were sold in a month.

Yummy eh? The bedroom sure smell damn good and appetizing...

Eat safe, play safe!!

1 comment:

  1. Can I clone your article to my blog? Thank you…


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