The durian season is in full swing, but those who are also health-conscious may find themselves thinking twice about joining in the feast or holding back.Get the nutritional facts right here and dispel the health myths of this king of fruits.


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Myth #1

Durian is loaded with cholesterol; people with high cholesterol should not eat as it can worsen their condition.


You won’t find a trace of cholesterol in durians. However, it contain high carbohydrate and fat. Mostly found as monounsaturated fat which may help to lower triglyceride and low-density lipoprotein or “bad cholesterol”. So, don’t you think is good?

Also learn more on polyunsaturated fat.


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Myth #2

The fruit is heaty and can cause coughs and even fever, if you overindulge in it.


It depends on whether you go with the Western or traditional Chinese medicine perspective. In traditional chinese medicine view, durian is considered to possess a “warming” characteristic, which can induce phlegm cough, sore throat and constipation.

In Western medicine, “scientifically” possible that eating durians causes a slight increase in one’s body temperature. However, this does not constitute a fever or lead to coughs or respiratory infections. The rise in body temperature is cause by metabolic and chemical processes that occur when the body digests the dense fruit.


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Myth #3

Eating durian and drinking beer at the same time may kill you?


There is no scientific evidence to show that eating durian and drinking beer is a lethal combination. If excessive intake it is more likely to cause bloating, indigestion as our liver has to work extra hard to metabolise both fats and sugars in the durians and the alcohol, therefore taken together or separately, we would always advise moderate consumption due to aggressive warming of the body’s systems can be harmful.


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Myth #4

Eating durian and milk/coke/ cooling food can trigger health effect.


There is no scientifically proven that above food can trigger any adverse health effect when taken together with durian.  There is just a myth for ages. Ice-cream with durian flavor is the most common dessert nowadays, which has milk and durian at the same time!


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Myth #5

People with diabetes must limit durian intake.


Yes. this fruit is high in carbohydrate content mainly with simple sugar, glucose, sucrose and fructose, it may spike up your blood sugar level. So if you have diabetes must count on your carbs, do not feast durian. The flesh around three seeds can contain between 20g-30g carbohydrates. This is equivalent to the amount of sugar in a bowl of white rice (30g).


100g of Durians (3 seeds) contains:

Energy               160kcal

Protein                     2.5g

Total fat                    2.8g

Saturated fat          0.85g

Dietary fibre             3.1g

Carbohydrate         31.1g

Cholesterol              0mg

Sodium                    8mg


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