Medicine

Drinking Very Hot Tea Nearly Doubles Risk Of Cancer

Drinking Very Hot Tea Nearly Doubles Risk Of Cancer

The good news, according to Georgina Hill of Cancer Research UK, is that 60 C is "a lot hotter than most cups of tea".

This is the first study to explore how the temperature of hot tea may cause the condition.

One of the researchers, Farhad Gomestapeh, told CTVNews.ca over email that adding cold milk - a common practice in Canada - might be helpful at bringing the risk down.

People who reported drinking their tea less than two minutes after it had been poured relative to those who said they let it sit for six minutes or more.

Ah, tea - it's the most widely consumed drink in the world, and a staple of the Asian (and, indeed, global) diet and lifestyle.

The report found drinking two cups of tea a day at more than 140 degrees nearly doubles your chance of getting esophageal cancer.

Cancer risk: Splash of milk in your tea could cut chance of throat cancer
Drinking Piping Hot Cups Of Tea Linked To Higher Risk Of Throat Cancer, Study Suggests

A new study found that people who drink about two teas a day (about 700ml of liquid) warmer than 140 degrees Fahrenheit had about a 90% higher risk for esophageal cancer compared to people who drank less tea at cooler temps, CNN reports.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has already classified drinking very hot beverages (65 C or higher) as a "probably carcinogenic" and the researchers say this only adds more proof. However, in parts of South America, Asia, and Africa, people tend to drink their tea much hotter.

It adds however that exact cause of oesophageal cancer is unknown. Stephen Evans, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine who was not involved with the research, believes the findings in the study have less to do with tea - or any other beverage or food for that matter - but with the heat.

As for the optimum temperature to enjoy tea's flavour, researchers at the University of Northumbria found 60 degrees is best - but anywhere above 45 degrees is fine to enjoy the "sensory experience".

"It can be seen that all these risks are very low, and for an individual have very little impact, but across a country with high rates of oesophageal cancer, the overall impact is potentially important".

According to the research, this is because scalding water damages the lining of the mouth and throat, increasing the risk of cancer.

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