Eating a handful of nuts just twice a week could slash the risk of developing one of the most lethal forms of cancer.
New research shows snacking on one ounce of nuts two or more time a week can reduce the chances of pancreatic cancer by more than a third.
The study, carried out at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, USA, did not differentiate between different types of edible nuts - suggesting having them as a regular snack is more important than eating one type over another.
The findings, published online in the British Journal of Cancer, offer some hope in the prevention of a disease which has a high mortality rate.
Every year, around 8,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas, a pear-shaped organ about six inches long that lies deep inside the body between the stomach and the spine.
Its job is to produce enzymes that help to break down food and release insulin to control blood sugar levels.
The cause remains largely unknown, although smokers may have a slightly higher risk, as do those who have suffered chronic pancreatitis - a persistent infection often brought on by gall stones, or frequent binge drinking.
Source - Daily Mail