[NAFEX] King of fruits?

Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov
Wed Sep 16 12:01:04 EDT 2009

ACCORDING to Asian folklore, eating the famously pungent durian - known
as the "king of fruits" - along with alcohol can kill you. Now intrepid
researchers have confirmed there may be some truth in this supposition.
It is the first time combining a fruit with booze has been
scientifically linked to an adverse reaction.
John Maninang and Hiroshi Gemma from the University of Tsukuba, Japan,
wondered if the reported side effects were due to durian's high sulphur
content impairing alcohol breakdown. In test tubes they found that
durian extract inhibited the activity of aldehyde dehydrogenase - an
enzyme that clears toxic breakdown products - by up to 70 per cent (Food
Chemistry, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2009.03.106).


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