Are durians actually healthy?

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 June 2022:

As the King of Fruits, the durian is also known to cause a great divide among Malaysians because of its taste, smell and high fat content.

But contrary to popular belief, Grab Malaysia said in a statement: “Our favourite thorny fruit is packed with health benefits you may not have known – here’s some of them to help break the stigma!”

Sinful yet surprisingly nutritious

Although some of us love to overindulge come durian season, durians can feel “jelak” to most if we have too much of it (or anything for that matter) – one of the reasons the durian has gained a reputation for being unhealthy.

But really, they are filled with nutrients too! For example, durian contains a high amount of healthy fats, just like avocados, that helps our bodies absorb vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, and K. Like everything else though, it should still be taken in moderation.

High blood pressure? You might need more durian

Other than being full of healthy fats, durians are also an excellent source of potassium. Potassium-rich foods are important in managing high blood pressure, which is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease.

Potassium also helps to ease tension in your blood vessel walls, which further helps to lower blood pressure. Take care of your heart with a healthy dose of Malaysia’s favourite spiky fruit!

Feeling pain in your joints? Have a durian or two

Durian contains more Vitamin C than many other tropical fruits. This is especially important because Vitamin C is the “hero of heroes” when it comes to vitamins.

A deficiency of Vitamic C can lead to joint pain and an adequate intake has been connected with a reduced risk of cancer-related pain. More reasons to end durian distancing and have a ken-durian with your family.

Need help with that bowel movement?

Besides containing plenty of fibre to help with you-know-what, durians are rich in natural sugars that ferment after being exposed to gut bacteria during digestion. This acts as a prebiotic, feeding the many tiny bacteria in your gut, supporting digestive functions and colon health.

Durian facts:

  • The original Musang King durian tree is believed to be from the district of Gua Musang in Kelantan (hence its name… Musang King)
  • D24 durians are also known as “Sultan” durians as they were traditionally reserved for royalty due to its limited availability back in the day.
  • Red Prawn durians were named after the flesh’s curved shape and light pink hue, reminiscent of a cooked red prawn.
  • The most expensive local durian variety is not the Musang King, but the Black Thorn. Its price is known to exceed RM100/kg compared to Musang King’s RM70/kg.