TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Many people start their day with a cup of tea, but it could be doing some damage to those who turn up the heat.
According to a study, drinking extremely hot tea can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. The cancer is said to be caused by repeated damage to the esophagus, often from smoke, alcohol, and now, piping hot beverages, the report said.
Researchers found that people who like their tea to be warmer than 140 degrees and consume more than 700 ml of tea per day – which is about two large cups – had a 90 percent higher risk of esophageal cancer, when compared to people who drank less tea and at cooler temperatures.
The study, which was published Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer, looked at more than 50,000 people in Golestan, a province in northeastern Iran, where tea is consumed at much higher temperatures than in the U.S.
Doctors have an easy tip on what to do before diving into a steaming cup of tea – let it cool.