The American Cancer Society's report found that drinking two cups of tea at more than 140 degrees almost doubled the likelihood of esophageal carcinoma.
This temperature is the key.
Earlier studies found the link between hot tea and cancer. This study, published Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer, is the first to establish a specific temperature.
Scientists have looked at 50,000 people in Iran, where tea is usually consumed at much higher temperatures than in the US.
It is believed that heat can damage the esophagus, resulting in repeated injuries that cause cancer, smoke, alcohol and acid reflux in the same way.
An expert from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine says consumption of something hot enough to cause an oesophageal injury is likely to increase cancer risk.
According to the University College of London, hot drinks are generally an established risk factor for cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 201
The bottom line is that you can probably continue drinking your tea, coffee and cocoa without any problems, keeping the heat low.
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