On the other hand, prices of products that registered a decrease included betel leaves
and nuts (37.02pc), potatoes (15.57pc), gram whole (5.15pc), fresh fruits (1.38pc) and chicken (1.20pc).
June 2017 are; betel leaves
and nuts (190.86%), chicken (26.20%), tomatoes (16.77%), onion (14.18%), dry fruits (10.32%), meat (9.45%), rice (8.83%), sweat meat (7.84%), spices (5.98%), condiments (5.86%), jam, tomato ketchup and pickles (5.51%), readymade food (5.45%), fish (5.03%), tea (4.90%) and milk products (4.87%).
Antioxidant activity of ethanolic extract of Piper betel leaves
. J Pharm Res 2009; 2(3):491-4.
According to details, 58 firms remained engaged in the import of betel leaves
with the help of Customs clearing agents at Lahore airport.
From using it in prayers and religious ceremonies to eating it in the form of a "paan", betel leaves
contain many curative and healing health benefits.
This addiction is independent of, and not based on, the tobacco content of betel quid.3 Areca nut, the main constituent of betel quid, along with betel leaves
, slaked lime and tobacco, contains aromatic alkaloids such as arecoline, arecaidine, guvacine and guvacoline.
For its intestinal, carminative, anti-flatulent and gastro-protective properties, chewing betel leaves
are considered as an edible digestive aid.
So people are shifting to eating chewing tobacco, especially in betel leaves
. It is a social norm also to offer betel leaves
(paan) laced with tobacco to the guests, said Shrestha.
The Solihull Council team also found a huge stash of illegally-imported betel leaves
, a mild stimulant which can be chewed or smoked, in three separate shipments.
" This is because of the spiralling prices of betel leaves
after Cyclone Phailin destroyed betel vineyards in most of the districts.
The FBR has increased customs duty on betel nuts from 15 percent to 20 percent and betel leaves
from Rs 200/kg to Rs 300/kg to discourage their use on account of adverse health effects.
It held the ingredients necessary for assembling a quid of betel to be chewed - betel leaves
, areca nuts, lime and spices - a practice not confined to Burma but found across south-east Asia.