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Q: is supari ok for pregnant women? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: is supari ok for pregnant women?
Category: Health > Women's Health
Asked by: thenotoro-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 02 Jul 2003 18:41 PDT
Expires: 01 Aug 2003 18:41 PDT
Question ID: 224528
I am 11 weeks pregnant and have a real craving for sweet supari (the
kind with betel nuts, I think, in the small white package with blue
and pink flowers- I don't know that name...) is it ok to chew
occasionally, especially if I just suck for a few seconds and spit the
nuts? And also is paan, the kind with the leaf which you get at the
sweets shop ok, if I only eat the red? Thank you!
Subject: Re: is supari ok for pregnant women?
Answered By: aceresearcher-ga on 02 Jul 2003 19:51 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

I suspect that you are asking this Question because you have an idea
that such products might not be safe. You are very wise for checking
first, before using them. The substances in these products can
certainly be harmful to both you and your baby.

I STRONGLY encourage you not to partake of these products, certainly
NOT while you are pregnant, and NOT while you are nursing an infant.

In most cases, these products contain at the very least tobacco, which
contains nicotine, a substance which has been proven to cause cancer:

From "Facts About ... Is There A Safe Tobacco?" by the American Lung
"Do all forms of tobacco contain nicotine?

Yes, the nicotine in tobacco is what people become addicted to. While
most smokers know that they are addicted, many do not realize that
nicotine can be just as addictive as heroin or cocaine. And, it causes
more death and disease than all other addictions combined. In its pure
form, nicotine is a strong poison. A small dose of it, injected
directly into the bloodstream, would kill a person within one hour."

Nicotine can be passed from you to your unborn baby through your
bloodstream, and nicotine can also be passed from you to your newborn
infant through your breast milk.

From "Chemical Dependency Education -- Nicotine:"
"Nicotine is especially harmful to pregnant women and the unborn
child. It may contribute to miscarriage, still birth, low weight
birth, and sudden infant death syndrome."

In addition, these products have frequently been found to contain
other harmful substances:

"Sale of supari, gutka goes unchecked despite ban", Business Recorder,
(January 2, 2001):

KARACHI : The Helpline Trust appreciating Sindh Ombudsman for imposing
on manufacturing, marketing, sale and use of betel-nuts (supari) and
varied preparations including gutka, has expressed its deep concern
non enforcement of the decision announced some time ago...

...samples of leading brands of supari were taken from the local
market and chemically examined in the laboratory. The results
confirmed the presence of

*** morphine, tobacco, saccharine, colouring agents and heroin content

in the items. Some samples also developed fungal growth within 46
hours, showing poor hygienic conditions during packaging of these

"To Asians a Spicy Chew, to Doctors a Deadly Habit", By Danielle
Knight, The New York Times (November 10, 2002):
For centuries, South Asians have chewed paan, a sweet mixture of lime
paste, cardamom, fennel, honey, areca nut and, often though not
always, flavored tobacco, all wrapped in a betel leaf.

But that imported habit is beginning to worry health professionals who
see a growing epidemic of oral cancer in India spreading to immigrants
in New York...

Imported packaged versions of dried paan without the betel leaf, known
as paan masala and gutka, are easily found...

Physicians and health professionals are worried. 'We are definitely
concerned about gutka use,' said Sukirti Bagal, director of the
American Cancer Society's Asian Tobacco Initiative. 'It is widely
used, but unlike smoking, it is not considered taboo or addictive.
Many people don't think it is tobacco, because it is mixed with other

I strongly encourage you to find a safer substance to satisfy your
craving for sweets. In the United States, the joke is that two common
items craved by pregnant women are ice cream and dill pickles. I hope
that you can find just the right item -- a SAFE one -- to satisfy your
own cravings.

Search Strategy

supari -movie -film -music -movies

"red paan" ingredients

"chewing tobacco" harmful to unborn

Before Rating my Answer, if you have questions about the above
information, please post a Request for Clarification, and I will be
glad to see what I can do for you.

Best wishes to you and your family!

thenotoro-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
GLAD YOU WERE OF SO MUCH HELP!!! Well, I guess I will stay away from
it, although before reading your answer I copped one small suck. But
HEROINE??? I better NEVER take it, even while NOT pregnant! Thank you
once again for your warning, especially the clarification of
ingredients in paan (with leaf) Someone had told me that paan masala
was OK but guess they were wrong. thank you and I just MIGHT have some
pickles, now that you mentioned it...

Subject: Re: is supari ok for pregnant women?
From: pafalafa-ga on 03 Jul 2003 07:23 PDT
Nice work!

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