Durian | It Is Worth More Than It Smells

Published on: 14/08/2020

Would you still have the same reaction towards eating Durian when you find out the wonders it can give?

Many people have aversion in eating this famous fruit, as they say, “it tastes like heaven but it smells like hell”. 

However, many of us do not know the nutritional contents it can give us. 

Durian is a tropical fruit, and it is predominant in Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. The tree can grow up to one foot (30 cm) long and six inches (15 cm) wide. It has fruits that are large and spiky, hard outer shell. It has also many varieties, but the most common in the market is called Durio zibethinus. 

Durian is dubbed as the "King of Fruits" because it is popularly known in providing immense benefits especially in the Southeast Asian diets. 

Typical durian fruit has about two cups of edible pulp. Its fleshy and creamy pulp is rich in sucrose, fructose, and glucose. 

We cannot hide it! Not just its thorny skin but its strong smell too. It was even banned in many hotels and public transport systems in Southeast Asia, because its odor is so potent. The smell is most likely due to the sulfur compounds namely, ethanethiol and disulfide derivatives. Moreover, it has a high content of beta-carotene and vitamin E needed for healthy skin.  

Let's explore the benefits of Durian!  

1. Helps indigestion 

This “meaty” fruit contains high levels of dietary fiber that can help the digestive system to work out. Fiber reduces conditions like constipation, bloating, heartburn, cramps, and indigestion. The fiber from Durian is insoluble, which lowers the frequency of diarrhea for those people having difficulty on their bowel movements. 

2. Instant energizer

It has high carbohydrate content which can help replenish low energy levels quickly (among healthy individuals). Fatigue, mental stress, and anxiety can also be lessened because of the fruit’s high potassium content. 

3. Anemia prevention 

Durian is another good source of iron and copper, and it has high levels of folic acid which is a vital component in the production of red blood cells. 

4. Sleep and mood improvement 

You can get tryptophan from Durian. This is converted to serotonin during digestion that induces good mood and relaxation. It is converted to melatonin, a hormone that helps a person sleep easier. 

5. Boosts immune system 

It is packed with vitamin C which serves as an antioxidant to protect the body against the harmful causes of free radicals, and also supports your immunity against infections. 

6. Keeps blood pressure in check 

Due to its high potassium content, it helps maintain the balance of salt and fluid in the body to regulate blood pressure. A healthy blood pressure places less stress on your heart and blood vessels, which improves your heart health and reduces your risk of cardiovascular diseases. 

Durian is naturally rich in potassium, dietary fiber, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin B complex. It is indeed excellent for improving nervous and immune systems, enhancing red blood cell formation, maintaining good blood pressure (as long as it is not abused), better bowel movements, healthy skin, and good and sound sleep.  

It is an incredibly nutritious fruit that, when eaten in moderation, will provide the body with lots of minerals, vitamins, and good fats. Eating two to three seeds of durian in one sitting is just enough to give you the nutrients that you need.