6 Foods and Drinks You Shouldn’t Take with Durian
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6 Foods and Drinks You Shouldn’t Take with Durian

Known as the king of fruits, durian is a local favourite among many Singaporeans. But did you know that eating durian with several specific foods and drinks can cause adverse health issues?

If you didn’t know that yet, you don’t have to worry! In this guide, we listed 7 foods and drinks that you shouldn’t take with durian.


Although it’s not really dangerous, taking alcohol with durian has its health risks. You must avoid this food and drink combination for several reasons. 

Let’s start with the fact that durian contains high sulphur contents, which inhibits an enzyme that activates and breaks down 70% of alcohol in your body. 

That means if you’re drunk, you’ll have a higher possibility of staying drunk for a long time, causing extreme hangovers and much slower recovery.

So, you’d better put down that whiskey or draft beer if you want to indulge in durian.

Consuming durian with alcohol may cause intense bloating, indigestion, and discomfort. That’s because your liver is tediously working to metabolise the fat and sugars coming from the durian. 


The idea of milk with durian may sound sweet and tasty, but milk contains tons of saturated fat. If taken with durian, this may cause higher blood pressure, which is linked to detrimental headaches. 

With elevated cholesterol from dairy products and consumption of durian, the effects may range from minor to severe complications depending on a person’s digestive ability. 

Beef and Mutton

Durian causes body temperature to rise because of its high nutritional value. With that, you should avoid eating ‘heaty foods’ and durian at the same time. 

One of the most common examples of these heaty foods are beef and mutton. Once consumed with durian, it produces excessive heat and may upset the system of the body. 

On the other end, you may even start showing symptoms of headache, nausea, sore throat, and diarrhoea. 

The thermic effect of beef and mutton as well as durian once ingested together can cause serious illness, if not avoided.


Another member of heaty foods are eggplants. Now, this may seem a bit unusual because technically an eggplant is a vegetable, but it’s still heat-producing. 

When ingested together, it will cause your body to eventually heat up too. Aside from that, it may lead to flatulence or acid reflux. 

Remember that anything you consume that is considered heat generating will cause sudden changes to your digestive system.


The opposite of heaty foods are the ‘cooling’ ones. Known for its omega-3 fatty acids and savoury flavour, crab meat is packed with minerals that causes the body to cool down.

As durian is heat producing, crabs dispel a cooling effect once consumed with it. This will cause the body to spiral into confusion as it absorbs two extreme body temperatures at the same time.

There’s a probability that you’ll experience stomach spasms because of this, as well as an irritable bowel. 


Durians have zero cholesterol, which is a good option if you want to be healthy. Just like durian, longan also provides a lot of health benefits.

Also, longans are believed to have anticancer and anti-inflammatory effects. However, eating one with another fruit like durian might not be the smartest idea.

Longans and durians are considered to be part of the heaty foods, consuming both at the same time may cause your body to overheat.

The same goes for other heat-producing fruits like mangosteen and lychee. As much as you can, avoid eating durian with these two as well. 

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