Durian fruit has been a staple food in Malaysia, Taiwan, and many other countries in Southeast Asia. Now the fruit is starting to gain global appeal. Many people look at the spiky fruit and breathe in its memorable odor and find themselves wondering, why should I eat that thing? The truth is that there are several powerful reasons to eat durian fruit.
It Tastes Amazing
True, durian fruit stinks. The kindest comparison one can make is that the scent bears a striking resemblance to limburger cheese, but don’t let the noxious odor intimidate you. Durian fruit tastes amazing. Each bite of fruit is like sampling a perfectly prepared banana custard. One taste is all it takes to become hooked on this truly unique tropical fruit, and once you’re hooked and starting eating durian fruit all the time, you’ll notice a remarkable improvement in your overall health.
It’s Good for Your Heart
One of the challenges people who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, heart disease, or other cardiovascular diseases is finding foods that taste good but that don’t jeopardize their cardiovascular health. The durian fruit is just such a food. Not only is the tropical fruit free of dangerous cholesterol, but it’s also an excellent source of potassium, which helps maintain internal sodium and fluid levels and regulate your blood pressure. Eating a single durian fruit a day relaxes your blood vessels, decreasing the amount of work your heart has to do in order to send blood to your extremities. Recent studies also indicate that eating fruits that are high in potassium can also boost cognitive function while reducing your risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
And that foul smell coming from the durian fruit, it’s proof that the fruit is packed full of organosulfur, organic compounds that contain sulfur, something your body needs in order to function properly. The organosulfur in durian fruit helps your body regulate your inflammatory enzymes, which in turn reduces your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases or arthritis.
Durian fruit is classified as a meaty fruit, and like so many similarly classified fruits, it’s an excellent source of dietary fiber. Making the fruit a mainstay of your diet, not only helps ease intestinal tract movement, but it also improves your body’s ability to generate the digestive and gastric juices needed to improve digestive function. By consuming just a few durian fruits each week, you’ll notice a decrease in:
• Stomach cramps
• Intestinal blockages
Perhaps most importantly, the regular consumption of durian fruit reduces your risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Your Energy Levels will Soar
Whether you’re looking for a quick pick me up during the middle of your work day, or need something to replenish the calories you burned while working out, durian fruit is an excellent choice. Every 100 grams worth of the fruit contains approximately 21% of the recommended daily dosage of carbohydrates making it a great choice for snaking material, especially when you consider all the excellent nutrients and vitamins you’ll also get with every single bite.
Enjoy a Better Night’s Sleep
One of the many things contained within the durian fruit’s decadent flesh is tryptophan, the organic chemical that’s most commonly associated with turkey, the same one that helps your brain feel happy and relaxed, which in turn causes you to fall asleep more easily than you otherwise might.
In addition to helping you get a better night sleep, when you eat durian fruit, the fruit also contains a large amount of Vitamin which, like tryptophan, also boosts your body’s ability to naturally produce serotonin, which is essential for helping you stave off bouts of depression.
Improved Sex Drive
There have always been rumors that durian fruit was a great aphrodisiac. In Malaysia, there’s even a saying that, “when the durians come down, the sarong’s come off.” The locals claimed that in addition to boosting the libido, the fruit as also a good way to cure fertility problems. Until recently, these claims were nothing more than a myth. A research team fed 30 white mice durian fruit extract and noticed that in addition to a higher sperm count and improved sperm mobility, the mice that were fed the highest concentration of durian extract were far more sexually forward (mounting their partners five minutes faster) than the control group. As far as I can tell, while the scientific community knows that durian fruit boost libido, increases sperm count, and improves sperm mobility, they’ve yet to isolate the exact chemical compound that triggers these changes.
Taking the time to eat durian fruit a few times a week also decreases some fertility problems experienced by women.