Dining with Death – Starfruit can be poisonous

I watched it from Travel Channel sometime ago. Thanks to Travel Channel for airing this great piece of info. Here I would like to share with you guys too….(if you haven know about it)

Gulping down a glass of cold drink to quench your thirst during the hot spell may be an effective way to cool down. How about an icy cold glass of Starfruit Juice??

However, do you know that Starfruit can be poisonous for kidney patients?

With just a small amount of 100ml; able to kill kidney patient within few hours. This is no joke.

I was pretty surprised to know that. After all its just an ordinary tropical fruit.

An incident reported in The Star news.

University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) consultant nephrologist Prof Dr Tan Si-Yen said this was what happened to Tang Gon Seang, who has been suffering a kidney ailment.
The 66-year-old Malaysian was in Shenzhen visiting his son when he passed out on March 29 after eating star fruits and was rushed to the Shenzhen General Hospital where he fell into a coma.
β€œStar fruits contain a neurotoxin, which is not present in other fruits, affecting the brain and nerves. In healthy persons, the kidneys filter it out. In kidney patients, it cannot be removed and worsens their condition,” he said.
More than 10 other patients in the hospital suffered the same condition after consuming star fruits. Two of them died.
After discovering the star fruit connection, Tang has been undergoing dialysis.
His brother-in-law Teoh Thian Lye, 55, confirmed that Tang had been on medication for kidney problems for three years.

Symptoms are:-

  • hiccups
  • numbness and weakness
  • confusion
  • agitation
  • epileptic fits

Reason:-

Star fruits contain a neurotoxin, which is not present in other fruits, affecting the brain and nerves. In healthy persons, the kidneys filter it out. In kidney patients, it cannot be removed and worsens their condition

*sources were abstract from The Star*

Links to Refer:- Heath Myth Exposed, StarBulletin, Dr. Weil

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