By Dr.Gordon Lim
The king of all fruit, durian, is a very popular fruit which some of us living in Singapore as well as other parts of South East Asia would craze about. For the expectant mothers, they would probably ask whether it is safe to eat durians during their pregnancy?
The answer,” yes it is safe, however, eat less durian.”
This is because durian has very high sugar and carbohydrates content. It is also a high-glycaemic (GI) food like chocolate and white bread. In which, it is advisable for mothers who have gestational diabetes or family history of diabetes should avoid the intake of durians or any food that contains high level of sugar and carbohydrates such as chocolate cakes, fizzy drinks, desserts and sweet stuff.
High in sugar level
High-glycaemic (GI) food can be found in most sweet, sugary and starchy foods. According to a report by British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, taking high GI foods during the later trimester of pregnancy, may have the higher possibility of giving birth to heavier babies with a greater risk of childhood obesity. Therefore, if you are a durian lover, you may have to take it moderately during the course of your pregnancy.
Your baby and your body just need the right amount of nutrients and that is it. The three key nutrients your baby need will be iron, iodine and folate as well as other moderate amount of vitamins, fiber, minerals and antioxidant. There are many fruit available (other than durian) that have good amount of nutrients such as oranges, avocados, berry, apples and many more.
The Benefits of Durians?
Some researchers also indicated that durians may benefit pregnant ladies as well. This is because there are two minerals in durians (organo-sulphur and tryptophan) that have good antioxidant effects as well as anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. However, currently there is no clear study to show whether durians are safe or unsafe to eat during pregnancy. It is therefore important to take less durian because of its high sugar and carbohydrate content.
Gordon Lim, MD. Can I Eat Durians During Pregnancy? [Online]. 2014 [cited 2016 June, 10] Available from: http://www.gynegordon.com.sg/can-i-eat-durians-during-pregnancy/.