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Durian Fruit Health Benefits

Known as the smelliest fruit in the world, Durian fruit is delicious, soft, succulent and very popular for its unique characteristics. Native to Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, while there are 30 known species of Durio exist only nine of them have been identified as producing edible fruits.

 

The flesh or pulp can be consumed at various stages of ripeness, and is used as flavour base in a wide variety of culinary and sweet preparations in Southeast Asian cuisines.

 

Durian seeds are small, round to oval shape and appear like that of jackfruit seeds.

 

The fruit is an excellent source of health benefiting B-complex groups of vitamins; a rare feature among fruits, such as niacin, riboflavin, vitamin C, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamine (vitamin B-1).

 

These vitamins are essential for the body as it requires them from external sources to fill.

 

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. 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 thiamine and niacin improves appetite as well as digestive power, thus ensuring that your digestive system stays healthy.

 

It is sold in markets all over the Asian world and is also imported in the United States and Europe.

 

People have differences in preferences regarding ripeness, while some like slightly ripened, tart flavoured durians while others might like to cherish over ripened.

 

Durian seeds, which taste similar to jack fruit seeds or yam, can be eaten boiled or roasted. Durian is rich in dietary fiber, which also makes it a good bulk laxative.

 

The fiber content helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.

 

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