DAVAO CITY - This is the season of durian in Davao City, where Davaoeños and tourists enjoy eating the 'king of fruits' for a very low price.
Ping Duque is among the many Davaoeños who loves durian, but he does not consume too much of the fruit because he fears that this can affect his blood pressure.
"Kailangan in moderation lang. Huwag kumain ng marami kasi sinasabi, 'pag marami, hindi na nakakabuti," he said.
But nutritionist Dr. Teresita Ungson denied that eating a lot of durian leads to high blood pressure. However, she did warn that the fruit is high in sugar, fat, and calories.
She said 3 seeds of durian contains 30 grams of calories, while a 100-gram durian has 137 grams of calories.
"Tikim na lang. If you want to lessen your caloric intake, you don't have to starve yourself out of it. You can have 1 or 2 seeds and then that's enough," she said, adding that durian may not be good for diabetic people.
At the same time, Ungson said durian is also rich in vitamins. She said 100 grams of durian meat is like eating a piece of banana because it contains 430 micrograms of potassium. It also contains Vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber.
"May carbohydrates, protein and fat. Kumbaga sa isang prutas, nandiyan na lahat. Very rich in Vitamin C, and we all know that it is important for our immune system. May vitamin A din," she said.