Durian and its health benefits


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Durian and its health benefits

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[TD]Durian is Southeast Asian exotic fruit. It is mainly grown and exported from countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. It is also widely consumed in these countries as well as the United States.

Durian is a common sight in many of these places when it is in season.Durian is a bulky fruit and is categorized under the bad smelling fruits found in Europe. However, people love it and actually call it the King of Fruits in Southeast Asian countries. In these countries, people even use durian in culinary preparations and also in desserts. In the United States, durian is eaten as a fruits and sometimes people make cakes or desserts out of it.

Several people underestimate the value of a durian. First of all, it is a big and wholesome fruit. It is very high in nutritional values and vitamins. It has phosphor, calcium, Vitamin A, antioxidants, Vitamin C and many other important nutrients. Also, one durian can be nearly three hundred and fifty calories to eat.

Eating a durian for the first time is difficult. However, after that, people may learn how to love it. One has to put up with the sulfuric smell the fruit exudes while it is being cut. However, eating a lot of it can become acidic. Different people across the world have different opinions about the fruit. Some say it has exceptionally good tastes and some say it is just good. Overall, from a health point of view, durian is a wholesome and good fruit one should eat.

Benefits Of Durian
Durian is full of phytonutrients, which are a source of great energy.

It is high in proteins, and also has several antioxidants that are extremely good for the skin.

The protein is also important for the body.

Durian is used in several herbal products and food supplements because of the high protein and antioxidant values.

It is used in anti-aging creams and health drinks.

Also, you can have the juice of durian fruit as a complete meal replacement.

It has all the important ingredients of a healthy meal.

It also serves as the best weight reduction plan.

Usually fruit juices are loaded with calories and sugars. So, they end up making you put on more weight. However, durian has no sugars, and is low in calories. That is why it is used so extensively in health drinks.

Here is a brief calorie break up of the fruit.
Total Fat 13 g 20%
Saturated Fat 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 5 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 65.8 g 22%
Dietary Fiber 9.2 g
Sugars 37%
Protein 3.6 g
Calcium 14.6 mg
Potassium 1059.5 mg
How To Choose A Good Durian ?

Never choose an over ripe durian fruit as you will only get the rich sulfuric taste and end up burping a lot. By default, the best durians are cultivated in Thailand and Indonesia. Always look for labels that advertise these countries. Once the durian has been plucked off the tree, it stops developing that unique taste. However, always get the ones whose stock is bright and appealing to the eyes. Some durians have holes in them which could have been made by a squirrel or the vendor. Avoid these fruits completely. Some vendors even cut the fruit and show it to you. You can buy this fruit if it was cut in front of you.


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