Health officials confirm plans to offer tripe on prescription

PUBLISHED: 05:00 01 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:04 02 April 2015

Could this Lancashire delicacy have hidden health benefits?

Could this Lancashire delicacy have hidden health benefits?


Scientists have discovered previously unknown benefits of tripe as a super-food that can combat tooth decay.

After talks between the British Dental Association and NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the government has agreed to offer tripe on prescription.

A spokesperson for the NICE said: ‘High levels of bacteria-fighting properties are thought to build up in the stomach lining of the cow and, as a result, this can cure the symptoms of halitosis if eaten twice a day and it can also fight tooth decay.’


Following extensive testing, tripe is to be offered on prescription from April 1 2015 with a recommendation that it be eaten twice a day – preferably after being boiled in milk and onions.


The decision to release details of the potential health benefits of tripe is expected to lead to a huge increase in demand. Already, Lancashire tripe merchants are increasing production and up to 500 new jobs are expected to be created in the county’s tripe sheds.


The much-loved offal dish boasts just 80 calories per three ounce portion of steamed tripe and is packed with more protein than a piece of steak so it’s good for your gums and your waistline.


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P.S. Happy April 1st ! Here at Lancashire Life we do love tripe, check out the history of this Lancashire delicacy here.


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