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betel nut

The nut-like seed of the Areca palm (Areca catechu), typically wrapped in betel leaves and with added flavouring, including lime, clove, cardamom, and catechu, which is chewed from India to New Guinea for its mild stimulant effect.

areca nut (·rēˑ·k nutˑ),

n Latin Name:
Areca catechu; part used: seed; uses: astringent, teeth-cleaning, anthelmintic, pupil contraction, salivary gland and bowel movement stimulation; precautions: can cause intoxication, oral cancers, bronchoconstriction, not to be used with anticholinergic agents. Also called
betel nut and

areca nut

the fruit of the betel nut tree (Areca catechu). Originally used as a cathartic and vermifuge. Its principal ingredient is arecoline.
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14) However, as Ibn Battuta's encounters with betel and areca nut indicate, not all food plants moved as part of grand human migrations or civilisational expansions or were transferred with the full corpus of cultural information, tradition or symbolism associated with their places of origin.
The Younger generation has been found to be suffering more due to the their attraction towards different tobacco products and areca nut products available in different multicolored attractive pouches.
Tobacco & Lime: Pan Masala, Gutka and Mawa (areca, tobacco and lime] are commercially freeze dried products with high concentrates of areca nut per chew.
In Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Papua New Guinea, smoking, alcohol consumption, and chewing of betel quid or areca nut with or without tobacco are the predominant causes of oral cancer.
In India for instance, the tobacco industry introduced a convenient and imperishable mixture of areca nut, lime, catechu, sandalwood, and tobacco known as Gutka.
Last October at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Seattle, Chiun Hsu of National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei reported that, from 1981 to 2000, a huge increase in oral cancer among Taiwanese men parallels a nearly sevenfold increase in Taiwan's production of areca nuts, making them Taiwan's second-largest crop.
Commonly, betel leaf (from the vine Piper betle L), areca nut (the fruit of Areca catechu L), lime (from seashells), gambir (a preparation from the leaves and twigs of the shrub Uncaria gambir), and shredded tobacco are included.
During the third stage, it is at the foot of a tree of this species that the first-time father is decorated, and on the trunk that the men spit the red juice of their first mouthful when the taboo on consuming areca nuts, imposed at the birth of each child, comes to an end.
1 Age, tobacco, alcohol and areca nut increases the oral cancer landscape.
Sri Lankan companies dealing in Betel leaves, areca nuts, coconut and allied products, pineapples, vegetables, herbal cosmetics and Alovera juice concentrate, all types of Multillac Paints, Decorative, automotive, wood care and sealer, and other ancillary products, colour tinting system, Jones branded value added tea, Fevicryl Glass colours, Poster colours; fabric paints ceramic colours, acrylic colours, oil colours, Acron Student Water Colours and Decora hobby colours and Artist brushes, are participating in this exhibition.
Betel nuts, also called areca nuts, are widely sold and consumed in southern Asia.