i'm going to assume that in your native land catholicism is pretty much the "voice of christendom". such is far from the case here in the USA. our local polyglut of christianity is dominated by protestants, and the vociferous "frontmen" of their ilk are the fundamentalist crazies that embrace "young earth creationism" among other counter-intuitive ideology. in many cases their pridefully stated goal is to implement a theocracy based on their rabid leanings here. for this reason, we who embrace both reason and genuine freedom feel a deep rooted need to counter every example of their religious industry of insanity we encounter as best we are able.
Areca nut can be contaminated with fungi such as Aspergillus flavus , A. niger and Rhizopus sp. ( Borle & Gupta, 1987 ). Almost 40% (12/32) of samples of areca nut from India analysed using thin-layer chromatography contained aflatoxins ( IARC, 2002 ). The mean concentration of aflatoxin B 1 in the analysed samples was 94 µg/kg (range, 18–208 µg/kg), largely exceeding the commonly accepted food limit of 5 µg/kg. Nine samples contained concentrations of aflatoxin B 1 higher than 50 µg/kg ( Raisuddin & Misra, 1991 ). All 10 samples of raw areca nut analysed in a South African study contained aflatoxin B 1 , with a mean concentration of 5 µg/kg (range, – µg/kg) ( Van der Bijl et al. , 1996 ).