Foodstruct Nutrition Search | Diet Analysis | Food Comparison | Glycemic Index Chart | Insulin Index Chart | Blog | Subscribe | Sign Up

Durian glycemic index (GI)

Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan by Victoria Mazmanyan | Last updated on August 18, 2023
Medically reviewed by Ani Harutyunyan Article author photo Ani Harutyunyan

Durian is an exotic, seasonal fruit native to South East Asia. It is famous for its pungent smell and thorny skin. 

According to the study “Glycemic index of common Malaysian fruits,” the glycemic index of durian is 49±5, showing that durian has the lowest GI among the other common fruits: pineapple, watermelon, and papaya. 

This may be due to the high fiber and fat content found in durian (1).

Durian falls under the category of low-glycemic index foods.

There’s no need to worry about the high concentration of fat in durian since it is primarily monounsaturated fatty acids, which can reduce the risk of heart disease.

One research has found durian to possess anti-hyperglycemic, anti-atherosclerotic, anti-proliferative, and probiotic effects in animals (2).

Another study has shown that durian shells can potentially be used as anti-inflammatory agents for medicinal use (3).

However, overall, there is not enough evidence to support the pharmacology of durian in humans and its beneficial effect on human health because most of the experiments were conducted in vitro or in vivo in animals (4).

You can see the glycemic indexes of other foods on our glycemic index chart page.  


Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: August 18, 2023
Medically reviewed by Ani Harutyunyan

Check out similar food or compare with current

Data provided by should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.