Betel nut is the seed of the fruit of the areca palm. It is also known as areca nut. The common names, preparations and specific ingredients vary by cultural group and individuals who use it. Betel nut is a stimulant drug, which means it speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and the body. The seed is separated from the outer layer of the fruit and may be used fresh, dried, boiled, baked, roasted or cured.
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Learn something new every day More Info The betel palm, a species of palm tree found primarily in Asian countries, yields a seed known as a betel nut. Natives of the Asian and Indian countries where this tree is found use the nut much like those in Western countries use chewing tobacco or snuff. It is shaved or cut into slivers for easier chewing and is often mixed with local spices or tobacco for a more appealing flavor.
Nothing to smile about: Asia's deadly addiction to betel nuts
It is commonly referred to as betel nut so it is easily confused with betel Piper betle leaves that are often used to wrap it paan. Consumption has many harmful effects on health and is carcinogenic to humans. Various compounds present in the nut, including arecoline the primary psychoactive ingredient which is similar to nicotine , contribute to histologic changes in the oral mucosa.
A deep red or purple smile is a common sight in many parts of Asia and the Pacific. This red residue is the telltale sign of the betel nut, which is chewed by millions of people across the globe. In its most basic form, betel nut is a seed of the Areca catechu , a type of palm tree.