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Benefits of Durian
Durian is often called the powerking of fruitspower in Southeast Asian nations, but is native to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei, and possibly the Philippines, but debates still continue on that point. It is a large fruit, up to 1 foot long and 6 inches wide, with a hard, spiky exterior, with a range of yellow to red flesh. Out of the 30 species varieties, 9 of them are commonly utilized for cooking or consumption, and only one is found internationally, outside of the local growing areas. That species is calledDurio zibethinus.
2. Durian fruit
Durian fruitis delicious, soft and sweet from inside but have thorny spikes and astrong odor from outside. It is known for its unique taste and also for its dense nutrients. In SouthEast countries it is referred as powerKing of Fruitspower. It is seasonal fruit that grows from June to August as mango, jackfruit and mangosteen.
3. Health Benefits
Durian is very healthy, with high concentrations of vitamins and minerals. It is unique among fruit in that it contains the Bcomplex vitamins (great for vegetarians!). It is also rich in dietary fibre and high in vitamin C, potassium, essential amino acid, copper, iron, and magnesium. Note: If gout runs in your family, limit your intake of durian to 1 portion per day (about 1/2 cup).
4. Interesting Durian Facts
Durian has been called the King of Fruits because of its enormous size (about 1 foot long), heavy weight, and the amount of fruit it contains. Because of its weight and sharp spikes, falling durians kill a number of people every year (for this reason, newer hybrids have been developed to make durian trees less tall)
Usually durian is either loved at first taste, or hated. Its fruit is sweet and 'buttery' in texture, with very little juice. The first time I tasted durian, I was reminded of a creamsicle (not an exact comparison, but it might give you an idea). Durian can eaten fresh, or used to make various types of desserts.
6. A good source of energy
100 grams of this fruit satiates about 21% of the daily carbohydrate requirement. Being a rich source of carbohydrates, it is helpful in replenishing your energy levels. The fruit is distinctive for its large size, unique odor, and formidable thorncovered husk. It can reach up to 30 cm (12 in) long and 15 cm (6 in) in diameter, and typically weighs one to four kilograms (two to seven lb). In shape, it varies from round to oblong; color of its husk (rind) is green with brown; and its flesh features creamyyellow to saffron color depending upon the species.
7. Acts as a natural anti depressant
Durian is naturally rich in Vitamin B6 which is essential for the production of serotonin. Hence, the intake of durian is advised to boost serotonin levels and thus, tide over depression. The durian fruit is a good source of antioxidant vitaminC (about 33% of RDA). Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals.
8. For healthy bones and teeth
The presence of calcium, potassium and B vitamins in significant amounts makes this fruit beneficial for maintaining healthy teeth and bones. It is also used for preparing ice cream, milk shakes, Yule logs and cappuccino.
9. Aids in delaying aging
Vitamin C is found in abundance in this fruit. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to keep the oxidative stress prompted by free radicals at bay. The lower the oxidative stress levels, the slower the aging process.
10. For a healthy digestive system
The presence of dietary fiber in durian helps in easing bowel movement. This in turn keeps away constipation and improves the power of digestion. The presence of thiamin and niacin improves appetite as well as digestive power, thus ensuring that your digestive system stays healthy.
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