Hot drinks link to oesophageal cancer

Cancer risk: Splash of milk in your tea could cut chance of throat cancer

Your nice hot cuppa could be a killer…

The researchers compared drinking less than 700ml of tea per day at less than 60°C with drinking 700ml per day or more at 60°C or higher.

Hot beverage lovers may now have to think twice before sipping on a cuppa full of a burning coffee or tea, following a new scientific study on the impact of the habit.

The eighth most deadliest cause of cancer death is none other than oesophageal cancer.

The team from the American Cancer Society found that drinking two mugs worth of hot tea over 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) almost doubled the risk.

The study examined 50,045 individuals aged 40 to 75 in Golestan, a province in northeastern Iran, for a median period of 10 years.

Despite the World Health Organisation's recommendation of less than 65°C (149°F), lead researcher Dr Farhad Islami advises drinking temperature to be much lower.

Getty Images | Christopher Furlong
Getty Images | Christopher Furlong

Tea drinkers who consumed less of the beverage at cooler temperatures were significantly less at risk.

But according to a new study, there's some evidence that drinking a really hot mug of it could heighten your risk of esophageal cancer.

According to a study, drinking extremely hot tea can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. An article published in the journal Burns in 2016 found that a cup of tea with 10ml of milk cooled to less than 65 C in under five minutes.

They said that the drink was not associated with the cancer at all rather the temperature is the real victim in doing so to all types of tea. But this study, say the authors, is the first to pinpoint a specific temperature of tea.

The American Cancer Society reports there are about 17,650 new esophageal cancer cases diagnosed each year in the country, largely in men. However, they also recommend further studies on the reason behind the connection.

"If you go to the Middle East or to Russian Federation, they drink it out of a samovar that's constantly under heat", Peter Goggi, president of the Tea Association of the U.S., told CNN in 2018.

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