|MadSci Network: Chemistry|
There are no archive files at MadSci on durian, which is a delicious and tasty fruit, apparently high in fat content and oil. I also searched using YAHOO and found only inaccurate gossip and no science-based answer. Apparently no one in the world right now knows why durian and alcohol do not mix and cause a reaction in humans. Anectdotally, every village that grows durian has something like an old wives tail that people have died after eating durian and drinking alcohol (unconfirmed, as far as I know). From firsthand experience after having not all that much beer, I can say the reaction is true! But it is NOT digestive, gas, etc. My blood pressure and pulse went up. I felt 'flushed' of face and overheated. I discontinued both products and recovered quickly. This would be a great research project for some graduate student or chemistry professor!
Re: Durian (fruit) and alcohol?
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