“The King of Fruits”, the nickname for durian fruit, is not a coincidence. Durian fruit is incredibly nutritious in comparison with most other fruits. Growing in tropical parts of the world, this fruit can mainly be found in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
It has a rather distinguished flavor like no other tropical fruits we know. It tastes like garlic, caramel, cheese and almonds all together. It can be cooked or eaten fresh. The large seeds it has inside the flesh are edible, too. However, they need to be cooked, boiled or roasted.
Those who have tried it have certainly experienced the strong smell it has. There are people who adore this smell, however, there are people who think it’s disgusting. People who hate it describe it as a smell of onion, sewage and sulfur all together. Therefore, the smell and taste are not for people who never tried it and are not familiar with similar flavors.
An average size of durian fruit has about 26 grams of fat, 132 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. It is also rich with vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6, potassium and thiamine. It has a good amount of riboflavin, copper, folate magnesium and niacin. This fruit also has considerable amounts of powerful antioxidants like anthocyanins, carotenoids, polyphenols and falvonoids.
This fruit has been used in traditional medicine as a natural remedy for illnesses like high fever and various skin disorders. However, its medicinal properties are yet to be researched.
However, like any other fruit on the planet, this fruit can be used as prevention for reduction of cancer risk, due to its high content of antioxidants. It inhibits developing of cancer cells with its property to neutralize free radicals in the human body.
It is also considered to be great prevention from heart ailments by its property to reduce cholesterol levels. Being rich with vitamin C this is an excellent medicine for stroke prevention since it has the ability to lower the risk of hardening of the arteries. Because durain fruits have low glycemic index, they can be used for balancing sugar level in blood.
Although it has many beneficial properties for the human body, people who consume alcohol should be aware that durian contains sulfur-like compounds stop some enzymes from dissolving alcohol. This can be a reason for raised alcohol levels in blood, which leads to vomiting, nausea and increased heart rate.