Benefits And Safety Concerns Of Eating Durian For New And Pregnant Mums
Do you love or hate durians? Do you wonder, can I eat durian during pregnancy? Some pregnant mums develop a crazy craving for them. Here are the awesome benefits of eating durians that you should know!
Hailed as the King of Fruits in Southeast Asia, durian is either loved for its soft creamy goodness or avoided because of its overwhelming pungent smell.
Growing up in Southeast Asia, many of us enjoy eating this unique tropical fruit, but the moment we know we are about to become mums, we ask: Can I eat durian during pregnancy? Is it safe? What are the benefits? We answer all these questions and more for you.
To mums-to-be with a craving for that sweet custardy taste of durian, fret not. It is actually safe to consume durian during your pregnancy – but in moderation.
On one hand, fresh durian is a rich source of nutrients: Iron, Riboflavin, Copper, Folate, Calcium, Fiber, Zinc, Carotene, Manganese, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium, Niacin, Thiamin, Sugar, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Ascorbic Acid.
But, durians are high in fat, sugar, and carbohydrate content, so perhaps avoid the tempting durian buffet, especially for those with gestational diabetes or a family history of diabetes.
In Thailand, they believe that durians can help to strengthen the body, so women there will consume it during their confinement period. If you are craving for this custardy fruit shortly after giving birth, ask your health care provider whether or not it is safe for you to do so.
Some traditional beliefs claim that after eating this tropical fruit, drinking some coconut water, salt water, or other herbal drinks with cooling properties helps to counteract the “heatiness.” Another popular traditional practice is to drink some water straight out of the empty durian husk.
Some breastfeeding mothers swear that by eating durian, they are able to boost milk flow as well as produce thicker and creamier milk – but there is no solid scientific research done on this. A possible explanation could be due to the durian’s rich nutrient profile, including Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium, Carbohydrate, Dietary Fibre, Protein, and Calcium.
As breastfeeding mums can burn up to 500 calories daily, this additional source of nutrients may be quite beneficial, however in moderation and if in doubt, remember to consult your health care provider. Do note that eating one small durian amounts to 885 calories already.
The less than glamorous part that comes with being pregnant is the uncomfortable constipation a lot of women face. Durian’s high fibre content might help. A high in fibre diet will help to absorb water and food in the digestive system can regulate your bowel movements and treat any of your constipation woes. Dieticians from The Dietetic & Food Services in Changi General Hospital Singapore comment that durians meet 92 percent of the daily fibre requirement.
Durian is believed in Javanese culture to be a potent aphrodisiac which can increase libido, although there is little scientific evidence to prove this.
So if parenthood has worn you down and you need some encouragement to get in the mood, skip the chocolates or oysters and dine on some delicious durian instead. However, we recommend you brush your teeth before attempting to woo your partner on that special date night to get rid of the less than amorous durian breath!
Waking up in the middle of the night for feedings or diaper changes is bound to make you feel exhausted and wanting to reach out for that large cup of coffee. But did you know that durians are a great source of energy thanks to its high potassium levels, and is a good source of Vitamin C which can protect you from the common cold and help reduce stress and fatigue. How’s that for a caffeine-free pick-me-up?
Women in some countries, such as India, believe that if they happily chow down on this unique fruit, they will boost their fertility and increase their chances of conceiving.
Some studies done on mice have also shown that eating durian can help improve the stamina and increase libido, although there is no further research on this. So if you’re trying to conceive or planning on having another addition to your family, it won’t hurt to add this bittersweet fruit to your shopping list.
After indulging in some durian, you are usually left with the strong smell of durian which you might not want to transfer onto your little one.
So to get rid of this tell-tale sign of your recent tasty treat, try the traditional method of filling some water into the empty durian shells, using your fingers to scrape the inside and then rinsing your hands and mouth with that water. In just a few seconds, there will be no more lingering Eau de Durian!
If you have a durian craving and want to try something new and exciting, there are many desserts and snacks that use durian for a truly exotic treat. The modern twist of including this unique ingredient in desserts can be widely found in forms of milkshakes blended with durian, crepes with an oozing durian centre, durian-flavoured ice cream, cakes with a distinct durian taste, and bite-sized durian-filled macarons.
So go on, ask your husband to take advantage of the current durian season and pick up a delicious treat or two for you!
Did you eat durian during your pregnancy and ended up with a cute and chubby baby? Have you let your curious toddler try this exotic tropical fruit to see if they have a taste for it? Or would you consider seducing your partner with this unconventional method to get them in the mood? Share with us by leaving a comment below!