Steaming hot tea can lead to cancer, new study says

Tea drinkers who like the beverage warmer than 60 degrees have a 90% higher risk


KARACHI: Can you imagine starting a day without a steaming cup of tea? Turns out a hot piping cup of tea can lead one to esophageal cancer.

Published in the International Journal of Cancer, the new study found out that tea drinkers who liked the beverage warmer than 60 degrees (140 degrees Farenheit) and had an intake of more than 700 ml a day, had a 90% higher risk of esophageal cancer than those who drank it at cooler temperatures.

The study observed more than 50,000 people in Golestan, a province in northeastern Iran. To increase the accuracy of the findings, photographs of five types of cups and mugs commonly used in Golestan were ascertained.

“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,” said Dr. Farhad Islami, of the American Cancer Society and the study’s lead author, according to CNN.
Tea lovers had really mixed reactions to the news:

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