Chewing betel nuts is common across Asia. This woman from Thailand has stained teeth from long-term use. Photo: Steve Thomas Chewing betel nuts is common across Asia. This woman from Thailand has stained teeth from long-term use. Photo: Steve Thomas
Chewing betel nuts is common across Asia. This woman from Thailand has stained teeth from long-term use. Photo: Steve Thomas

A ‘cancerous snack’ is starting to see raised eyebrows from Chinese government

  • Chewing betel nuts is common across Asia, and is famous for turning users’ mouths a bright red colour
  • But the links to oral cancer are shocking, so the Chinese government is trying to clamp down on advertising

Topic |   Health in China
Chewing betel nuts is common across Asia. This woman from Thailand has stained teeth from long-term use. Photo: Steve Thomas Chewing betel nuts is common across Asia. This woman from Thailand has stained teeth from long-term use. Photo: Steve Thomas
Chewing betel nuts is common across Asia. This woman from Thailand has stained teeth from long-term use. Photo: Steve Thomas

Corrected [12:18pm, 11 Oct, 2021]

  • [12:18pm, 11 Oct, 2021]

    A previous version of this article said betel nuts are typically grown in Henan province. In China, they are usually grown in Hainan province.

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