Are durians loaded with cholesterol? Get the answers and more from Changi General Hospital's Dietetics and Food Services department.
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Durian myths debunked!
1. Durian is loaded with cholesterol
Not true. Durians have zero cholesterol. Cholesterol is found in foods containing saturated fats such as red meats, seafood and dairy products. Durians have heart-healthy monounsaturated fats which help to lower your levels of bad LDL cholesterol.
2. Mangosteen must be eaten with durian to reduce heatiness
According to conventional Chinese wisdom, a mangosteen, being a cooling fruit, will reduce the heatiness associated with durians. However, there is no scientific research to support this. The habit of eating durians and mangosteens together probably stems from the fact that the two fruits are harvested at about the same time.
3. Eating durian and drinking beer at the same time may kill you
There is no scientific evidence to show that this is a lethal combination. It is more likely to cause bloating, indigestion and discomfort as your liver has to work extra hard to metabolise both fats and sugars in the durians and the alcohol, especially if you have consumed both in excessive amounts.
4. Eating durian can boost your libido
The heatiness in the durian may cause your body temperature to rise, but this does not make the fruit an aphrodisiac.
Despite the myths associated with the durian, it remains a highly prized fruit.
Final message from our dietitians:
The durian is a highly nutritious fruit which, when eaten in moderation, will provide the body with many minerals, vitamins and good fats. Eating two to three seeds of durian at one sitting is sufficient, but because durians can become so addictive, people tend to eat more than they should.
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