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Excessive Health & "Detox" Claims Being Made About Durian
Posted by: Prana ()
Date: March 04, 2017 05:47PM

Here's a warning about consuming durian in conjunction with other slightly toxic foods.

An excerpt from the article:

You see, while it is true that durian, in addition to tasting very good, contains all kinds of wonderful nutrients, including a wide array of minerals and trace elements, it is also true that durian contains some very powerful sulfur-containing compounds that, when ingested by a human, strongly inhibit the detoxification properties of a class of compounds in the body known as dehydrogenases (there are many types of dehydrogenases, each targeted for breaking down or neutralizing one or more specific toxic substances in the body), and in particular, durian tends to inhibit or block the activities of aldehyde dehydrogenase.

After alcohol has been digested, one of its primary breakdown products in the body is a class of some toxic compounds known as aldehydes, and the body uses a compound called aldehyde dehydrogenase to detoxify these aldehydes and to ultimately render them harmless. This is one of the primary routes that the body uses to break down and detoxify alcohol. Studies have shown that the above-mentioned sulfur-based compounds found in durian can block the detoxification activities in the body of aldehyde dehydrogenase by up to over 80%. These detoxification-inhibitory effects of durian can last for many hours after durian has been eaten.

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Re: Excessive Health & "Detox" Claims Being Made About Durian
Posted by: Tai ()
Date: March 04, 2017 06:39PM

Thanks Prana. This is a great discussion.
By the way, tonic foods don't have to be cleansing and vice versa.

Durians’ thorny issues: Experts debunk 5 commonly-held beliefs about the fruit



Cultural influences

A common local belief is that the durian is harmful when eaten with coffee[32] or alcoholic beverages.[5] The latter belief can be traced back at least to the 18th century when Rumphius stated that one should not drink alcohol after eating durians as it will cause indigestion and bad breath. In 1929, J. D. Gimlette wrote in his Malay Poisons and Charm Cures that the durian fruit must not be eaten with brandy. In 1981, J. R. Croft wrote in his Bombacaceae: In Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea that "a feeling of morbidity" often follows the consumption of alcohol too soon after eating durian. Several medical investigations on the validity of this belief have been conducted with varying conclusions,[5] though a study by the University of Tsukuba finds the fruit's high sulphur content inhibits the activity of aldehyde dehydrogenase, causing a 70% reduction of the ability to clear toxins from the body.[58]

folk medicine

Southeast Asian traditional beliefs, as well as traditional Chinese medicine, consider the durian fruit to have warming properties liable to cause excessive sweating.[69] The traditional method to counteract this is to pour water into the empty shell of the fruit after the pulp has been consumed and drink it.[32] An alternative method is to eat the durian in accompaniment with mangosteen, which is considered to have cooling properties. Pregnant women or people with high blood pressure are traditionally advised not to consume durian.[24][70]

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