Even though it has a strong odor, actually durian has a high nutrient content. Unfortunately, many people are afraid of the effects of eating durian because they think this fruit can increase cholesterol levels in the blood. So, is that correct? Find out the following facts.
Nutrients contained in durian fruit
Durian is one of the fruits that grows in many tropical countries, such as various countries in Southeast Asia, namely Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. This fruit is generally large in size with a hard and pointed outer shell.
Durian fruit can vary in color. Most often yellowish, white, and golden. Even so, sometimes there are also durians that have reddish or greenish flesh color. While the taste of durian fruit meat is described as a combination of the taste of cheese, almonds, garlic, and caramel. For those who are fanatical, durian fruit is considered an incomparable world enjoyment.
The weight of one durian fruit is approximately 40 grams. In 100 grams of durian fruit contains almost 150 calories, which comes from 5.3 grams of fat, 98 grams of carbohydrates, and 5 grams of protein. The total calories contained in 100 grams of durian fruit are estimated to be enough to meet 7 percent of daily calorie needs.
Eating one portion of durian will provide 33 percent of the intake of vitamin C and 25 percent of thiamine you need every day. Durian is also a good source of vitamin B6 and potassium, because it contains 16 percent B6 and 12 percent potassium that your body needs every day.
You will also get around 12 percent of the recommended riboflavin and 15 percent fiber every day. This is why the durian fruit is considered the most nutritious fruit compared to other fruits.
So, can the effect of eating durian make cholesterol rise?
Many opinions circulate in the community that durian is high in cholesterol so it can cause hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol). In fact, a lot of research says that this prickly fruit does not have cholesterol in its fruit, aka zero cholesterol.
On the contrary, according to Dr. Abel Soh, an endocrinologist at Rafles Diabetes and Endocrine Center, durian contains monounsaturated fats that can help reduce levels of certain types of fat in the body, such as triglycerides and bad cholesterol in the body.
So, the assumption is that the effect of eating durian can make cholesterol go up incorrectly. Therefore, people who have high cholesterol conditions actually may eat durian fruit.
Even so, durian contains a small amount of harmful saturated fat, which is associated with heart disease. Not only that, durian also has a fairly high calorie and sugar content, so most experts recommend that everyone limit the amount of durian consumed.
Especially for those who plan to run a diet program to lose weight and people with diabetes.
What is the safe limit for eating durian?
According to Dr. Diana Suganda SpGK, which was quoted from the Kompas page, the ideal serving size and recommended by nutrition specialists is 100 grams of durian meat or about two small durian field spheres for people who have no health problems. While for those with certain conditions, such as diabetes, they must limit their intake of durian to only one circle a day.
If you consume durian monthong, you should be careful and not eat too much durian. Usually this type of durian has a larger size than other durian types.
One round of durian monthong meat is estimated to be 200-300 grams alone. So, the content of calories, sugar, and fat in one monthong durian sphere is quite large. You have to limit it, especially if you have certain health conditions.
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