Many people are used to starting the day with a cup of hot tea. A new study has shown that there is a correlation between drinking too hot tea and cancer. There is no need to worry at all if you drink your tea at a normal temperature. However, two cups of tea at a temperature above 140 degrees Fahrenheit i.e. 60 degrees Celsius daily can risk your health to cancer. Two cups mean about 700 ml of hot tea is a high amount. It could double the chance of esophageal cancer, as per the report of the American Cancer Society.
Tea is not the issue but its temperature is. In previous studies as well, the scientists have linked hot tea and cancer. However, the study publishes by the International Journal of Cancer is the first to say that the temperature of the tea is the main issue. About 50,000 people were observed in Iran by scientists. Iran is the place where people consume tea at high temperature as compared to the US. Heat damages the esophagus, as per the study and it creates repeated injuries in the esophagus. This leads to cancer in a similar way as done by alcohol, smoking, acid reflux, etc.
As per an expert from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, consumption of anything hot, other than the tea, can cause injuries to esophagus while increasing the risk of cancer. Similarly according to the University College of London as well, drinking anything hotter than the reasonable temperatures can be a cause of cancer. Further for study, nearly 13,000 new cases of esophageal cancer in men will be diagnosed and about 4,000 new cases in women will be diagnosed in the US as per the estimates of American Cancer Society, in the year 2019. So, people must avoid drinking tea, coffee, cocoa, etc. at high temperature. Keeping the heat down is a simple tip that will help to keep cancer away.