Health Benefits of Durians
In this article, we discuss the science behind durians and the health benefits that comes with it.
Let's start of with a nutritional chart.
Despite its look and smell, durians have many health benefits.
Good Healthy Fats
Durian is rich in monounsaturated fats. These are healthy fats that helps in lowering bad cholesterol levels in your body, which in turn, helps in reducing the risks of stroke and heart diseases.
Improves Mood & Sleep
Durian contains an amino-acid called tryptophan. During digestion, tryptophan is converted into serotonin.
Serotonin is widely known as "the Happy Chemical", because it is known to help in relaxation, good mood, and general feeling of happiness.
Tryptophan is also converted into melatonin, which is a hormone that regulates our sleep cycle and helps you fall asleep easier.
Help to Build Immunity
Durian does contain high levels of Vitamin C. Vitamin C are antioxidants that protects us against harmful free radicals, and help our immune system in fights against bacterial and viral infections.
Regulates Blood Pressure
Durians are rich in Potassium which is important in regulating salt and fluid in the body. Maintaining a good blood pressure lessen the strain put on our blood vessels and heart, and reduces the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
Aids in Digestion
Durian contains smooth fibres that greatly help in passing out stools. The presence of vitamin B1 and B3 promotes appetite and improves nutrients absorption in our digestive system.
Durians are beneficial, but be careful not to eat too much!
Durians are high in Calories
Despite the health benefits, durians are high in calories, in particular, carbohydrates. In a normal seating, each person consumes easily around 450 grams of durian, which translate to 660kcal. That's a third of our recommended daily calorie intake! A recommended amount to eat per day is around 2 to 3 seeds. But yeah, we know that's difficult.
High in Sugars
Most of the calories in durians comes in the form of carbohydrate (sugar). Hence it is important for people with diabetes to watch their consumption of durian. It is recommended that a diabetic patient to not consume more than 2 seeds per day.
As much as we love our durians, do eat in moderation. As with most other foods, balance is key. Space out your consumption and avoid binge-eating. Durians provide many health benefits if consumed in moderation.