Durian season is upon us again. Here’s what you need to know before feasting. By Li Yuling and Estelle Low
Durian is high in fat, but durian-flavoured goodies are laden with even more fat, plus sugar. Photo: Tanawat Pontchour / 123rf.com
If you’re a true blue fan of durian, you probably belong in one of two camps: the purist who eats durian only in its original raw form, or the diehard who loves it in anything and everything – cake, puff, ice kacang, chendol… you get the drift.
Check out the calorie and fat content in these durian-based foods. (Note the different portion sizes.)
1. Durian, raw
One 37.8g seed = 57.83 calories, 1.29g fat
2. Durian puff
One 30g piece = 76.5 calories, 4.83g fat
3. Durian sponge cake
One 64g slice = 139.52 calories, 10.11g fat
4. Durian ice kacang
One 341g bowl = 208.01 calories, 4.09g fat
5. Durian pudding
One 189g packet = 262.71 calories, 8.32g fat
6. Durian chendol
One 398g bowl = 408.75 calories, 19.22g fat
7. Durian mooncake
One 200g piece (whole) = 818.8 calories, 42.2g fat
Looking at the stats, durian-flavoured goodies are indeed fattening, containing a lot more fat than pure durian. So there’s good reason to eat the fruit on its own.
Eat smart by having no more than three seeds per serving. And space out your durian eating – no more than twice a week!
Nutrient data is from the Health Promotion Board.