22 Jul '15, 1pm

Experts debunk 5 commonly-held beliefs about durian

Experts debunk 5 commonly-held beliefs about durian

The durian season is in full swing, but those who are also health-conscious may find themselves thinking twice about joining in the feast or holding back. After all, the fruit has a "bad name", said Ms Bibi Chia, principal dietitian at Raffles Diabetes and Endocrine Centre. It is said to be fattening, high in cholesterol and "heaty" . Here, she and her colleagues dissect five commonly held health beliefs about the king of fruit. 1. People with high cholesterol should not eat durian as it can worsen their condition. The good news is, you won't find a trace of cholesterol in durians . The durian also contains monosaturated fats, which may help to lower one's level of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein, or "bad" cholesterol, said Dr Abel Soh, an endocrinologist at Raffles Diabetes and Endocrine Centre. But, Ms Chia said, the durian also contains a small amount of harmf...

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