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Doctors Say NUTS Should Be Prescribed To Help Beat Killer Diseases

Just a 1oz portion is enough to slash the risk of heart disease, cancer and even obesity. Analysis suggests even a small daily serving cuts the risk of coronary heart disease by 30 per cent, cancer by 15 per cent and premature death by 22 per cent. It can also halve the risk of respiratory disease and reduces diabetes by nearly 40 per cent. Nuts are thought to possess such health-boosting properties some experts think they should be widely prescribed on the NHS. Study co-author Finnegan Aune, of the School of Public Health at Imperial College, London, said: “We found a consistent reduction in risk across many different diseases, which is a strong indication there is a real underlying relationship between nut consumption and different health outcomes. “It’s quite a substantial effect for such a small amount of food.Nuts are considered a super food because they posses anti-inflammatory qualities and are also high in protein and fiber. Researchers analysed 29 global studies involving 819,000 people, including 12,000 cases of coronary heart disease, 9,000 cases of stroke, 18,000 cases of cardiovascular disease and cancer and 85,000 deaths, to assess the link between nuts and improved health. In research published in the journal BMC Medicine today experts from Imperial and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found eating them was associated with a reduction in disease risk. Mr Aune said: “In nutritional studies so far much of the research has been on the big killers such as heart disease, stroke and cancer, but now we’re starting to see data for other diseases.