Why do many Indians chew paan(betel leaf)? Does it have health benefits or risks?Paan or betel leaf is chewed almost all over India. There are also many different varieties of paan available all over the country. It is common to see people chew paan after dinner in some places. It is also common to see a paan being served in many events like wedding anniversaries.
Why do people chew paan? Is it due to any custom or tradition or does it have any health benefits associated with it? If not then does chewing paan cause any health related problems?
Personally I do nit find any significance of it and have never tried it as some people also chew paan with tobacco and tobacco can cause cancer and many other health risks.
What are your views regarding why people chew paan?