Are Betel Nuts Good For You?

Are Betel Nuts Good For You?
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A common question I get asked when I tell folks to eat nuts every day is: “Which nuts count (in terms of cutting our heart disease risk in half)?” Basically, all nuts count, including peanuts, but excluding chestnuts and coconuts, which really can’t be considered nuts, nutritionally.

Last year, though, someone asked me about betel nuts—something I’d never even heard of. It turns out you can find them in Asian markets, advertised as “tasty.”

Betel nuts. Harmful? Not harmful, but don’t really have the benefits of other nuts? Or, betel nuts are like any other nuts—helpful?

It turns out, evidently, the public health community has known for a long time that betel nuts cause cancer. But only recently did we discover they may shut down our kidneys as well.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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A common question I get asked when I tell folks to eat nuts every day is: “Which nuts count (in terms of cutting our heart disease risk in half)?” Basically, all nuts count, including peanuts, but excluding chestnuts and coconuts, which really can’t be considered nuts, nutritionally.

Last year, though, someone asked me about betel nuts—something I’d never even heard of. It turns out you can find them in Asian markets, advertised as “tasty.”

Betel nuts. Harmful? Not harmful, but don’t really have the benefits of other nuts? Or, betel nuts are like any other nuts—helpful?

It turns out, evidently, the public health community has known for a long time that betel nuts cause cancer. But only recently did we discover they may shut down our kidneys as well.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image thanks to artist in doing nothing via Flickr.

Nota del Doctor

For more on nuts:
Nuts May Help Prevent Death
Four Nuts Once a Month
Which Nut Fights Cancer Better?

And check out my other videos on nuts

For further context, see out my associated blog post: Soy milk: shake it up!

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