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Good Health Benefit of Durian Fruit
As we (South East Asian People) know, Durian is the South East Asian king of fruit. The Durian is distinctive for its large size, strong smelly odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species.The Durian is the only fruit banned from airline cabins, hotels and public transportation due to its overwhelming, disgusting smell which the smell feel good for most of the South East Asia people.
Now most of the people know about Durian fruit but did you know its also have good health benefit for those has eaten its?
Here Are the 8 Benefits and Uses of Durian Fruit That Will Surprise You:
1. It’s an excellent source of energy
One serving of this fruit is 243 grams and it covers about 20% of your daily needs for carbohydrates. Some people don’t eat those as part of a diet but runners, athletes, and people looking for some extra energy can find a good use for carbs. A measly five servings of this fruit will cover your entire day’s compliment of carbs. 100 g fresh fruit carries 147 calories.
2. Content High in Vitamin C
The durian fruit is a good source of antioxidant vitamin-C (about 33% of RDA). Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals. That means you get all the benefits you’d otherwise get from vitamin C. That includes fighting off illnesses, aiding in healing wounds, helping lower cholesterol, and improve blood flow.
3. Vitamin B Great Source
It is an excellent source of health benefiting B-complex groups of vitamins; a rare feature for fruits, such as niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential for the body as it requires them from external sources to replenish. Vitamin B helps keep free radicals at bay and has been linked to preventing aging and heart disease. It also boosts HDL (good cholesterol) and can even help improve serotonin levels which can improve your mood and ease depression.
4. High in Iron and Copper
The Durian Fruit also contains a good amount of minerals like manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Manganese (helps with bone and skin health) is utilized by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.
5. Eliminate Cancer-Causing Chemical
Durian is rich in dietary fiber, which makes it a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time to toxins. It also helps bind and eliminate cancer-causing chemicals from the gut.
6. Potassium Rich, Help Control Blood Pressure
Fresh durian fruit is a very rich source of potassium. Potassium is an important electrolyte inside cells and body fluids that help controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
7. Harmless Nature’s Sleeping Pill
Durian fruit contains high levels of essential amino acid, tryptophan (Also known as nature’s sleeping pill). Tryptophan in the humans metabolizes into serotonin and melatonin; the two neuro-chemicals that play a vital role in sleep induction and controlling epileptic events.
8. Replenishes energy with Saturated Free Fats & Cholestrol
The fruit is made of soft, easily digestible flesh made of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly. Though it contains a relatively higher amounts of fats among the fruits, it is free from saturated fats and cholesterol.
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Durian Fruit Nutrition Value Details
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||615 kJ (147 kcal)|
|Dietary fiber||3.8 g|
|Vitamin A||44 IU|
Pantothenic acid (B5)
Nutrition Source: Wikipedia