Durians—The Myths and Facts About The King of Fruits

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If you’re like me, you probably have been looking for ways to not only lose weight, but also to eat foods that supply your caloric intake limit as well as remain healthy for you so you don’t have to worry about high cholesterol and high blood pressure on top of everything else. If that’s the case, I have some good news for you. Did you know that there is a super fruit out there called the Durian, that can supply everything both you and I are looking for?

The Durian is very simple, yet it is sometimes called King among the fruits.

This is because unlike many of the other foods out there, the Durian has monosaturated fats that have the ability to lower bad cholesterol and help in the moderation of high blood pressure. However, depending on the size of the Durian you’re eating, one of these guys can take over 50% of your daily caloric intake limit, so don’t feast on them unless you want to eventually gain weight.

They contain simple sugars so diabetics can’t eat too many of them as well. However, don’t let this turn you away from the Durian, after all, they are naturally rich in several key vitamins that we need. Things like Potassium, Fibre, Iron, Vitamin B and C.

The Durian also supports muscle strength, blood pressure (obviously), bowel movements, skin health and the nervous system and immune system.

Durians also enhances the red blood cells formation.

All this, from one piece of fruit.

The health benefits of durians: Smelly fruits with hearts of gold

There are some myths surrounding this amazing fruit, probably because of its exotic nature.

Some of them include:

Durians are full of cholesterol. Which is just plain out in left field, after all, if these fruits were full of cholesterol, then how could they lower bad cholesterol and help maintain blood pressure? They couldn’t.

Another myth concerns another type of fruit, the Mangosteen. In this myth the Mangosteen has to be eaten with the Durian because of the fact that Durians are “heated”, heated being another word for slightly tangy, and the Mangosteens are “cool”. Eating a Mangosteen will reduce the tangyness of the Durian. While they may taste good together, the likelihood of this myth being true comes from the fact that in China, both fruits are harvested at the same time.

Speaking of the tangy kick of the Durian, there are myths out there that say the Durian will increase your libido. People, just, no. There are foods out there that have been proven to increase libido, and the Durian is just not it. Yes, it can increase your body temperature, but not the libido.

And last, but not least, the biggest myth about the Durian. Some have said that eating Durians and drinking alcohol can kill you.

This last one deserves a little discussion, as everyone knows that drinking too much alcohol can send you into alcoholic poisoning and death. However, linking the Durian with the alcohol may make sense to those who have done it, but after much research and observation, the worst that can come from doing this is a very bloated feeling as well as indigestion. Doing this for long periods of time can lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as the body struggles to break down two items that are high in sugars and fats. The increase of the body temperature from the Durian, as well as the lowered inhibitions from the alcohol, can make someone feel as if they are dying, but this myth is just a myth, and there is no way that mixing the Durian and alcoholic drinks will kill you.

That being said, despite all the myths surrounding the Durian, this little fruit has more than earned the name “King”. Rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as eating one helps maintain healthy blood pressure, maintaining the cardiovascular system with ease, boosting the immune system, the Durian does it all! While it may not boost the libido, having a greater chance of beating the common cold has its perks for many people out there who always suffer from something so simple.

Eating a Durian just makes sense as far as keeping yourself healthy, they are just really addictive.

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  • KakLong

    For years our older generations in Malaysia had cold rice (resistant starch) with tempoyak which is fermented durian and some raw veges for breakfast. They were healthy, strong, worked for hours end rubber tapping and in the padi fields. Rarely down with cold and cough even in the monsoon season. But the later generation ate cereals out of a box and commercial cows milk. And the later generation are the sickest – every month there is a friend's kid who is hospitalized for some respitory issues.

    Little did we know that the cold rice was prebiotic (food) for the probiotic in the tempoyak. That was what kept our older generation's gut healthy. I definately ditch the cereals and having fried rice or cold rice with tempoyak as my main breakfast menu – haven't been in a doctor's office for 4 years now (with the garce of God as well) and if i do come down with some bug, natural remedies gets me feeling ok.