Durians have several health benefits. They contain an amino acid called tryptophan that helps produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that makes humans happy, calm and relaxed.
Durians also contain a high amount of potassium and are beneficial for blood circulation, so it is a good choice for people with high blood pressure.
Additionally, durians contain beneficial antioxidants and phytochemicals, e.g. carotenoids, anthocyanins, polyphenols and flavonoids, which possess the ability to reduce cholesterol, prevent atherosclerosis and reduce the risk of heart diseases .
Durians have several health benefits. Photo illustration by Freepik
100 grams of durian provides consumers with 24% of the daily intake of vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system and improves leukocyte activity. Vitamin C also helps produce more collagen, which is beneficial for skin, hair and nails.
However, the fruit is also rich in nutrients and 100 grams of durian contains 147 calories. Thus, durian pulp, which weighs on average 250 grams, provides approximately 367 calories.
For this reason, a person under normal conditions should consume no more than four durian pulps per day. Consuming more than this amount may cause bloating, constipation or dyspepsia.
People with diabetes should only consume one to two durian pulps at a time. People with kidney failure or using artificial kidneys should also not eat durian.
It is also not recommended to consume durian with wine, as this combination can lead to headaches, nausea, vomiting and other adverse effects.
Department of Traditional Medicine, HCMC University of Medicine and Pharmacy