It is called the king of fruits for a reason.
Yeah, we know what you're thinking: how can a fruit smell so bad yet be so good?
We know there are a lot of people out there who can't stand the smell of the durian (there are two in the Rojak Daily
team), but underneath the sometimes unbearable stink, the flesh of the durian is actually jam-packed with tonnes of good stuff.
Now, we don't recommend eating durian every day (unless you want to become a durian yourself), but if you have them on-and-off and in moderate amount, it will do your body good over time.
Still finding it hard to believe? Let us list down some of the surprising benefits of eating durian:
#1 It has tonnes of nutrients
Durian is like the nature's answer to a multi-vitamin tablet. Rich in vitamin C, vitamin B complex, iron, pottasium and dietary fiber, it has all the nutrients your body needs to support your immune system, enhance red blood cells generation and yes, even give you healthier skin. Oh, now we know why makeup brand Elianto launched their durian makeup line
#2 It can help you sleep better
Like, literally. Eating durian could actually enhance the quality of your sleep. Durian contains tryptophan, a type of amino acid, which helps boost your melatonin hormone levels. The higher your melatonin level, the easier it is for you to fall asleep. So, the next time you find yourself unable to sleep, just eat durian.
#3 It's a natural energy booster
Forget Milo or coffee; if you want a sudden boost of energy, durian is your answer. Durian contains a substantial amount of carbohydrates, and consuming a couple of seeds would replenish low energy levels in a heartbeat. This is the reason why durian is such an underrated pre-workout snack. We're not sure your gym agrees though.
#4 It makes you super happy
If you thought the prices of durian
are the reason you're smiling these days, you'll be surprised to hear that the happiness actually comes from the fruit itself. The flesh of the fruit contains the chemical that stimulates the neurotransmitter serotonin, which produces feelings of relaxation and happiness. This is why you don't see sad people eating durian.
#5 It helps control your blood pressure and cholesterol level
Durian is a good source of potassium, an electrolyte that helps maintain blood pressure levels in your body. If you take durian regularly, it will help you ward off hypertension and other diseases related to high blood pressure. Not only that, durian is actually cholesterol-free, and it contains healthy monounsaturated fats that can help reduce bad cholesterol levels. Yup, fighting bad fats with durian should be a thing.
So, are you guys craving for some durian right now, after reading this article? You can check out our list of some of the best durian buffets