Betel (Areca) NutWhat is betel nut?
Betel nut is the seed of an areca palm that grows in tropical parts of the Pacific, Asia and eastern Africa. It is said to have both stimulant and relaxation effects and is often used as a digestive aid or to sweeten breath.
How is it used?
It can be chewed alone, but is most commonly used as “betel quid” (a mixture of thinly sliced areca nut, tobacco, slaked lime, and spices or flavorings, wrapped in a leaf.) It is placed in between the tongue and cheek. When it has been thoroughly chewed, the user spits it out.
Information Sheets For:
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CDC Betel Nut Fact Sheet
DHHS Letter: FDA and Areca (Betel) Nut Import Alert
WHO Review of Betel Nut and Tobacco Use in the Pacific
WHO-IARC Monograph: Betel Nut Classified as a Carcinogen
Australia’s Betel Nut Fact Sheet
Guidance for Dental Hygienists: The Dangers of Betel Quid Chewing
Research Review of the Systemic Adverse Effects of Areca (Betel) Nut