Durian: Can The King of Fruits kill you when you drink alcohol?

Durian, the notorious “king of fruits,” is a culinary adventure synonymous with Thailand. Its spiky exterior hides a creamy, custard-like flesh with a flavor that’s been described as anything from sweet caramel to pungent onion. Durian has a devoted following throughout Thailand, where it’s enjoyed in everything from ice cream to savory curries. But what happens when this tropical king encounters the fermented grape’s spirited companion – alcohol?

Lethal combination?

Rumors of a lethal combination have swirled for years, suggesting that mixing durian and alcohol could be a recipe for disaster. In Thailand, where durian is practically a national treasure, these rumors are taken quite seriously. While the scientific evidence doesn’t point to a fatal outcome, there’s no denying that this pairing can be a wild ride for your body.

So, what’s the fuss about? Durian contains sulfur compounds that can meddle with your liver’s ability to break down alcohol. This interference can lead to a buildup of acetaldehyde, a nasty byproduct of alcohol metabolism responsible for those dreaded hangover symptoms. Imagine waking up with a pounding headache, nausea, and a face as red as a ripe durian – not exactly a royal experience.

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But the risks don’t stop there. Durian’s rich, fatty flesh can slow down digestion, especially when combined with alcohol. Bloating, indigestion, and heartburn might crash your durian party. And if you’re already prone to high blood pressure, this dynamic duo could send your readings soaring.

Possible danger to combine durian and alcohol

While a 2009 study hinted at the potential for durian to inhibit the enzyme responsible for breaking down acetaldehyde, it’s important to remember that research is ongoing. Individual reactions vary wildly, and some folks might tolerate this daring combination better than others.

However, it’s always wise to prioritize your well-being, especially when exploring the culinary delights of Thailand. If you’re sensitive to alcohol or have underlying health conditions, it’s best to steer clear of this culinary experiment. And even if you’re a durian daredevil, moderation is key. Listen to your body, and if you experience any discomfort, don’t hesitate to put the brakes on this exotic pairing.

Ultimately, the decision to combine durian and alcohol is yours. But remember, even kings have their limits.

Savoring these treats separately might be the wiser choice for a truly enjoyable (and safe) culinary adventure in the Land of Smiles.

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In related news a Thai woman was creating a buzz on social media after posting videos and pictures of herself selling durian in a bikini on a roadside in the northern province of Kamphaeng Phet.

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George Anderssen

George is joining Thaiger from ASEAN NOW where in 2002 he founded the previous brand, ThaiVisa.com, Thailand's biggest English-language forum. Besides from producing the news, he is also works in business development for the Thaiger Group and oversees the operations as COO at ASEAN NOW and all its social media channels. He has experience working in various media like radio, television and internet startups and can be found online 24/7!

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