Is indulging in durian beneficial for health?

April 2, 2024 | 03:27 pm PT
I find great pleasure in eating durian, yet I ponder if indulging in this fruit extensively raises blood glucose levels or leads to acne outbreaks? (Ngan, 25, HCMC)


Fruits contribute vitamins, fiber, sugars, and vital nutrients necessary for our body. However, not every fruit benefits our health, and their consumption should be moderated to a suitable amount daily.

Consuming 200 mg of durian pulp delivers 300 calories, encompassing 50g of sugar, 10g of fat, 3g of protein, and 8g of fiber. This fruit also supplies B-group vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and additional nutrients.

Durians for sale. Illustration photo by Unsplash

Durians for sale. Illustration photo by Unsplash

As such, durian stands out as a fruit that markedly influences blood glucose levels. Given its sugar content, excessive consumption of durian may precipitate a rapid surge in both blood sugar and insulin levels.

A rise in insulin triggers an increase in androgen production, which in turn stimulates the body to secrete more oils, thereby leading to inflammation. These conditions create a conducive environment for acne development.

Consequently, it is recommended to enjoy durian only two or three times a week, limiting intake to one or two pieces of pulp per serving. This helps in avoiding an overload of energy, maintaining stable blood glucose levels, and thus preventing acne flare-ups.

Dr. Dinh Tran Ngoc Mai

Department of Nutrition - Regulation, Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital

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