DURIAN FRUIT ALLERGY
Durian fruits are in the Malvaceae
family of plants. Other plants in this family include cocoa and okra. It is famously known for its strong unpleasant smell.
The smell given off by durian fruit is due to volatile sulphur compounds. You can read more on the Sulphites
There are no recorded allergens for durian fruits by the World Health Organization (WHO), because there have not been enough study into allergic effects from this food. If you are interested in what is needed by the WHO before they add an allergen to their allergen database you can check that out HERE
Durian fruit is a low FODMAP food. FODMAP
stands for F
olyols. Foods high in FODMAPs can cause symptoms of food intolerance, affecting the gastro intestinal system and this can be mistaken for a true IgE food allergy.
Durian fruit is a food high in salicylates
. Salicylates have the potential to cause worsening of asthma, swelling, itching and hives as well as food intolerance symptoms in people who are sensitive to salicylates.
Durian fruit is one of the few foods that is high in sulphites
when fresh. Sulphites are inorganic salts used in preservations and have the potential to cause symptoms of food intolerance to those sensitive to sulphites, this food intolerance is more common in asthmatics. An improvement in symptoms can be made with a change to a low sulphite diet.
You can read more about Food Intolerances
on the dedicated Food Intolerance Page.
Durian Fruit contains volatile sulphur compounds, which account for the smell of the fruit. For some people, foods high in sulphites can cause worsening of asthma symptoms.
Durian Fruit is in the Malvaceae
family of plants which include cocoa and okra, if you are allergic to durian you may also have problems when eating similar foods.
Science Direct - Durio
Healthline - Durian Fruit
Articles and Journals
Resequencing of durian genomes reveals large genetic variations among different cultivars, 2023
Reactive Sulfur Species (RSS) in Physiological and Pathological Conditions and in Therapy, 2022
A Whiff of Sulfur: One Wind a Day Keeps the Doctor Away, 2022
Durian dermatitis, the world's first case report, 2016
A Review on Food Values of Selected Tropical Fruits’ Seeds, 2015
Some unusual asthma triggers in tropical climes: an evidence-based review, 2014
Self‐reported hypersensitivity to exotic fruit in birch pollen‐allergic patients, 2003
Allergy to durian, 2002
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