Health Benefits 101: DURIAN
When you hear the fruit Durian, what usually comes to your mind first? I’m quite sure you’re going to think of its particularly appealing fragrance first, right? Yet apart from its unique smell, its many beneficial features have earned it the “King of Fruit” throughout Southeast Asia!
Durian is a tropical fruit distinguished by its large size and spiky, hard outer shell. It is extensively grown in tropical regions, with countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines as major producers. The flesh releases a very strong smell, which could ideally discourage a first-time eater from trying it. Despite having a very strong odor, it is known to have an amazing effect on the taste buds. Unique in taste, this fruit is packed with assorted nutrients.
The presence of calcium, potassium and B vitamins in significant amounts makes this fruit beneficial for maintaining healthy teeth and bones. Potassium also increases the effectiveness of nutrient uptake by the cells, so it make the most of many beneficial minerals the body takes in, while also improving bone health.
Even though durian has healthy monounsaturated fats that can reduce lower bad cholesterol levels, it doesn’t mean that you should eat ten durians in a go. It is rich in dietary fiber and is a good source of antioxidant vitamin C, which helps search harmful free radicals and supports in your body’s resistance against infection.
Durian has a wide variety of antioxidant properties stemming from its vitamins. In addition, the high-water content of Durian is an added advantage along with its antioxidant content. Water keeps the skin hydrated, reduces dryness and alleviates the appearance of fine lines. It also nourishes skin for clear and smooth skin (Kevat, 2013).
Durian fruit is incredibly high in healthy nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin C, minerals, plant compounds, healthy fats, and fiber. It is not called the “King of Fruits” for no reason at all, right? In addition with the many benefits of this amazing fruit, below is a photo of the nutritional facts of durian.