Durian is an edible fruit belonging to the genus Durio. There are about 30 varieties of durian fruit and 9 of them can be used for edible purposes. Its native place of origin is a subject of debate and it is believed to be originated from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines. This delicious fruit hit hard on our olfactory senses as it gives both the aroma and the odor at the same time. Depending on the senses of every individual, some people find the smell extremely pleasant like a fragrance, and some call it a terrible experience. Durian fruit is rich in nutritional compounds like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and dietary fibers, etc. and thus provides a number of health and beauty benefits. However, one should not forget that too much of everything is bad and the same holds true for the durian fruit. Eating too many durian fruits can give rise to a number of side effects, and in this article, we will know about the major side effects of overeating durian fruit, but first, let’s take a look at the nutrition chart of Durian fruit.
Nutrition Chart Of Durian Fruit
Side Effects of Overeating Durian Fruit
(1) Too Much Dietary Fiber Is Bad For Stomach
Regular and moderate consumption of durian fruit is very beneficial for our stomach and improves our digestive health.
This advantage of durian is primarily due to the presence of dietary fibers in them. The dietary fibers present in the durian acts as a natural laxative which means it improves our bowel movement, and ensure smooth elimination of stool from our system.
This relieves constipation and also provides relief from other gastrointestinal issues such as abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, gas and bloating, etc.
Even though dietary fibers are good for our stomach, it is advisable to be on the safe side and consume the fruit in moderation.
This is because excess intake of dietary fibers is bad for our stomach and may give rise to complications such as poor absorption of nutrients by the intestines, indigestion, intestinal gas and intestinal blockage etc.it can also cause stomach discomfort.
Dietary fibers are also known to improve the absorption of water in the system and thus helps with diarrhea.
However, excess consumption of dietary fibers without drinking an adequate level of water, may absorb too much water from our stomach and thus increases the risk of dehydration, constipation and stomach discomfort.
(2) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad
Durian is an excellent source of many antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin A and other antioxidantal compounds like phytonutrients, polyphenols, and flavonoids, etc.
These antioxidants and the relevant compounds present in the durian fight with the free radicals in our body, stabilize them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells and tissues. This reduces the risk of various cancers.
They also help with the proper elimination of toxins and impurities from our system and thus reduces the burden from our vital organs like liver and kidneys.
Antioxidants also provide many other benefits such as improves cardiovascular health, strengthens the immune system, improves brain health and provides cognitive benefits such as sharper memory, better concentration, and less brain fog.
Although antioxidants are good for us and provide numerous benefits, it is advisable to be on the safe side.
It has been found that a high level of antioxidants in our system for a long period of time may cause more harm to our system than the good.
As per a research study conducted by the National Cancer Institute, it was found that smokers who took high doses of beta-carotene supplements for a long time were more likely to develop lung cancer in comparison to those who didn’t.
Another study conducted by the office of the dietary supplements found that excessive intake of vitamin E increases the risk of hemorrhagic stroke.
This negative effect of antioxidants is because of the way they interact with the free radicals and the healthy cells in our system.
Antioxidants react with the free radicals in our system, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative to our cells and tissues and thus reduces the risk of various cancers.
However, when there are too many antioxidants in our system then they first react with the free radicals and then starts reacting with the healthy cells around them and cause oxidative damage to them.
(3) Increases The Risk Of Hypoglycemia
Eating durian fruit on a regular and moderate basis is very beneficial for people with diabetes and for those who are at the risk of developing diabetes.
This advantage of durian fruit is mainly because of its low glycemic index. Glycemic index is a scale from 0 to 100 that determines the rate at which a particular food item will release sugar into the bloodstream.
Being a low glycemic index fruit means durian releases sugar into the bloodstream at a slow rate and prevents a sudden spike in the blood sugar level and thus helps in managing diabetes.
Additionally, the dietary fibers present in the durian minimize the rate at which sugar gets absorbed by the bloodstream and thus helps in keeping blood sugar under control.
Although durian fruit is good for the diabetics, it is recommended to be on the safe side and Enjoy the fruit in limited quantity.
This is because excessive intake of durians may lower our blood sugar to a very low level and thereby increases the risk of hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemia is a condition in which our blood sugar drops down below the normal level and is characterized by the symptoms such as excess sweating, excess hunger, fatigue, lightheadedness, palpitation, blurred vision, and anxiety, etc.
Also, if you are suffering from diabetes and already taking medication for the same then it’s advisable to eat durian in moderation and only after consulting with your doctor first.
This is because overeating durian fruit may interfere with the diabetes medication and may worsen the condition.
(4) May Cause Allergic Reactions
Durian fruit is an excellent source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, polyphenols, and dietary fibers, etc.
Presence of these compounds makes durian very beneficial for us as they provide a number of health benefits and as well as beauty benefits for our skin and hair.
However, not all of us can enjoy these benefits. It has been found that consuming durians might develop allergic reactions in some individuals and they should avoid the fruit.
Some common allergic symptoms that may arise are hives, nasal congestion, runny nose, throat discomfort, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Not just eating but topical application of durian should also be avoided in case of allergy as it may otherwise cause skin rashes, redness, and itching.
(5) Eating Too Many Durians During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an important stage in the life of a woman. At this stage, it is important for her to make sure that she is having a balanced diet full of essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals, etc.
This is because what a mother eats not only determines her health but also the health and Wellness of the fetus developing in her womb.
Durian is an excellent fruit that provides many nutrients like vitamins and minerals and as well as other compounds such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, polyphenols, and dietary fibers, etc. That helps in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
The antioxidants such as vitamin C and other relevant compounds like phytonutrients and polyphenols etc. Protects the uterus and the fetus developing in it from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals in our body.
Free radicals are the unstabilized ions that get formed in our body during the oxidation process. As these are unstabilized, so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and while doing so, it causes oxidative damage to them.
Other nutrients like vitamins and minerals etc also play a significant role in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
Although durian is a healthy fruit, it is advisable to be on the safe side and enjoy the fruit in moderation and after having a word with your doctor.
This is because the dietary fibers present in the durian may lead to stomach discomfort and other digestive problems like gas and bloating etc.
Additionally, durian fruit is also known to increase heat in the body. This can be fatal for the fetus and increases the risk of miscarriage.
For this reason, pregnant and nursing mothers should eat durians in moderation.
(6) May Cause Hypotension
Eating durians on a regular and moderate basis is very beneficial for providing relief from hypertension or high blood pressure.
Hypertension is a health condition that affects millions of people around the world and is a leading cause of various cardiovascular issues like heart attack, heart stroke, and blockage of arteries, etc.
This benefit of durians is mainly because of the high level of potassium in it. Potassium is a natural vasodilator that relaxes our blood vessels, improves blood circulation and thus provides relief from high blood pressure.
In addition to this, a low level of sodium also aids in keeping blood pressure under control.
Although durian is good for regulating blood pressure, it is recommended to be on the safe side and enjoy the fruit in moderation.
This is because too much potassium in our system may lower our blood pressure to a very low level giving rise to hypotension.
Hypotension is a condition in which our blood pressure drops below the normal level and give rise to symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision and clammy skin, etc.
Also, if you are suffering from high blood pressure and already taking medication for the same then eating too many durians may worsen the situation.
(7) May Lead To Weight Gain
Durian fruit is high in calories and eating one cup of chopped durian provides around 357 calories.
If you are underweight and would like to gain some weight then this delicious fruit can help in doing the same.
But, you should still keep an eye on your consumption and enjoy this fruit in moderation.
You should make sure that your total calorie intake is within the recommended range ( which is in the range of 1500 to 2500 calories per person per day.)
So, if you are getting enough calories from your diet then excessive intake of durians may lead to obesity.
And, if you are on the opposite side of the spectrum and would like to lose weight then you should also limit durian consumption.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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