Can Pregnant Woman Eat Durian?
Durian is a type of popular fruit in South East Asia across all age group and gender. One of the most common questions asked by most people is...Can pregnant woman eat durian?
Some myth says that pregnant women should not eat durian because it is a ‘heaty fruit’ that will affect the unborn baby while others believed that having durian during pregnancy will instead ensure the baby grows strong and big. Well, the answer is...it is actually safe to eat durian during pregnancy – but in control.
There are no proven studies that there's any negative effects of eating durian during pregnancy. Similarly, there's also no studies to proof that it is good for pregnant mothers to eat durian. Hence, whether you should eat durians during pregnancy or not really depends on personal health.
If the pregnant mother has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes or has a family history of diabetes, she should then stay away from durians during pregnancy. This is because durian contains high amount of fat, sugar, and carbohydrate content. Two medium sized seeds of durian contain about 60 calories. It is also a food with high glycemic index, which can lead to sharp spikes in blood glucose.
Nevertheless, the reputation King of Fruit is still well-deserved. Other than containing overwhelming amount of carbohydrate, it also houses other good nutritional values that aids pregnant mothers!
Durian is rich in folic acid, known as Folate which can help to prevent birth defects in the newborns. Just 100 g of durian can supply 9% of daily requirement of folic acid needed.
During pregnancy, constipation occurs very often due to hormonal change in the body of the expecting mother. Durian is a good source of dietary fiber which prevents any constipation during pregnancy.
The fiber content also helps to keep mucous membrane sheltered by decreasing the exposure time to toxins. It will also help to remove harmful chemicals from the digestive system, improve digestion and therefore develop better general health.
Durian contains various kinds of vitamins; one of it the most beneficial is vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps to improve the immune system of the expecting mother. Vitamin C also helps in the absorption of calcium and iron which is good for the expecting mother and the growing fetus.
In a nutshell, it is positive to consume durian in moderation during pregnancy. However, expectant mother should still restrict amount of durian consumption to avoid the possible negative effect such as having a larger baby and childhood obesity. A balanced diet is always the best overall!