Tea is the most common beverage in the subcontinent. Not only that, drinking tea is practically the beginning of a new day for many people and almost everyone likes their tea piping hot.
However, according to a new study, people who drink hot tea increase their risk of developing esophageal cancer. The study shows that people who drink tea warmer than 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) while consuming about two large cups (700 ml of tea) per day have a 90 percent higher risk of developing esophageal cancer than those who drink less tea at a cooler temperature.
The study took into account over 50,000 people in Golestan, a Northeastern province in Iran.
“Many people enjoy drinking tea, coffee, or other hot beverages. However, according to our report, drinking very hot tea can increase the risk of esophageal cancer, and it is, therefore, advisable to wait until hot beverages cool down before drinking,” says Dr. Farhad Islami of the American Cancer Society. the study’s lead author.
He is also the study’s lead author. Nevertheless, esophageal cancer is the eightth most common type of cancer worldwide and often results in death. It kills around 400,000 people every year as per the statistics of the International Agency for Research Cancer.