So, the next time you drink tea, remember this pointers:
- Drinking hot tea, 65-69C - twice the risk of oesophageal cancer
- Drinking tea within 2-3 minutes of it being poured - five times more risky
- Drinking very hot tea, 70C and more - eight times increased risk
The findings were from a group of Iranian scientists. They studied and researched based on these interesting reasons:
- Most cancers of the oesophagus especially in USA and UK are linked with smoking and alcohol consumptions.
- There are other places in the world with much higher level of cancers of the oesophagus although lower in alcohol and cigarette consumptions.
However, this does not proof that drinking tea at temperature 70C can cause cancer but there is a connection. The best advice is to drink your tea with milk which then tends to cool it enough to reduce the risk.
The main risk factors for oesophageal cancer are smoking and alcohol consumptions. People who want to reduce the risk of such cancer should stop smoking and reduce their alcohol intake.
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