Durian – notoriously smelly but packed with goodness?

8 out of 10 would complain about the smell, some durian lovers even claim that the smell becomes subtle when their taste buds run wild. Despite all these, no one can disregard how nutritious this king of fruits is.  

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According to Healthline.com, durian is one of the most nutritious fruits available. It has been widely used in traditional medicine and more studies have been done to explore their medicinal properties further.

Let’s look at the nutritional value released by the S. Agricultural Research Service.

Based on serving one cup of durian pulp (243 grams):

Nutrient Amount
Calories 357
Fat 13g
Carbs 66g
Fibre 9g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 80% of the Daily Value (DV)

Health benefits of durian

1. Reduce cancer risk

Durians contain compounds like flavonoids and carotenoids which are known for their antioxidant properties. This may neutralize cancer-promoting free radicals and decrease the risk of other chronic diseases.

2. Prevent heart disease

Several compounds in durian may help reduce cholesterol levels and risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening of arteries. Contrary to the myth that durian is loaded with cholesterol, durian has monounsaturated fats which help to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels.

3. Fight infection

The rind contains compounds that have antibacterial and anti-yeast properties. These compounds support your immunity against infections and viral attacks.

4. Improve mood and sleep quality

Durians contain tryptophan that gets converted to serotonin, which may induce relaxation feelings and improved mood. This tryptophan is also converted to a hormone called melatonin which controls your sleep cycle and may help you fall asleep easier.

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5. Promote digestion

Durian is rich in fibre which aids in digestion and improves bowel movement. Essential vitamin content like B1 and B3 may also increase your appetite and promote nutrient absorption.

Source: Healthline.com / Mtalvernia.sg / Raffleshealth.com

Rule of thumb – Eat in moderation

Despite all these health benefits, durians are energy-dense and can lead to unnecessary weight gain if eaten frequently and in huge portions. Any good stuff will have to be consumed in moderation. The next time you feel like indulging in a durian feast, remember to invite your family and friends so you don’t end up having the whole box to yourself.

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