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:
A Note re the Excessive Health & "Detox" Claims Being Made About Durian
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.
Duriansâ€™ thorny issues: Experts debunk 5 commonly-held beliefs about the fruit
A common local belief is that the durian is harmful when eaten with coffee or alcoholic beverages. 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, 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.
Southeast Asian traditional beliefs, as well as traditional Chinese medicine, consider the durian fruit to have warming properties liable to cause excessive sweating. 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. 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.
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