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  55 months ago

Does Drinking Coke after Eating Durian Cause Sudden Death?

Is it dangerous to drink Coke after eating lots of durian?

Recently, a Facebook post made by netizen Kim-Siang Ng warning people about the deadly mix of durian and Coke went viral on social media. According to Ng, a 28-year-old Chinese tourist who travelled to Thailand suddenly died after eating lots of durian and drinking a can of coke afterwards.

Ng, who tagged the durian and Coke combination as “cobra poison”, said the Chinese tourist experienced caffeine intoxication which was brought about by surge in blood pressure. As a result, the Chinese tourist suffered from cardiac arrest and died.

Real Or Hoax?

The reported lethal combination of Coke and durian has not been scientifically established. Thus, there is no science that will back up the claims of Ng regarding the dangers of consuming excessive amounts durian and drinking soda afterwards.

In addition, several reports claiming the deadly effect of eating durian and drinking alcohol also circulated online. But a previous study made by John Maninang and Hiroshi Gemma from the University of Tsukuba in Japan revealed that durian’s high sulfur content just impaired alcohol breakdown. In their experiment, they found that durian extract inhibited aldehyde dehydrogenase activity by up to 70%. Aldehyde dehydrogenase is an enzyme responsible for the breakdown of alcohol in our body.

Still, eating lots of durian and drinking soda will not kill you. It may only cause indigestion, bloating, and discomfort since the liver needs to exert more effort in metabolising fats and sugar from the soda and durian.


  55 months ago
Durian, best to take water.


  55 months ago
do not eat too much durian in a day


  55 months ago
Not really. But if you're diabetic, maybe.


  55 months ago
never like coke or rather gassy drinks. And durian though I like it, but because of its heaty nature, never eat too much at one seating.

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