Why regular sip of extremely hot tea poses serious health risks

People usually like hot beverages like tea or coffee for refreshment.

Many people love to sip piping hot tea at regular intervals as they feel refreshed after that. But this habit may land them in deep trouble with studies showing that such people have twice the chance of being affected by oesophageal cancer compared to others.

Oesophagus is the tract that connects the mouth and stomach. Any hot liquid substance in significant amounts passing through this tract harms it. In other words, hot tea, coffee and other drinks are not suitable for this tract.

However, tea lovers need not avoid the beverage altogether. All they have to do is cool it a little bit before drinking. It is only the regular tasting of steaming hot beverages that causes the damage.

The findings were the result of a study conducted among 50,045 people in the 40-75 year age group by the American Cancer Society.

According to researchers people who regularly had their tea warmer than 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) and took two large cups of the beverage (about 700 ml) everyday were at risk of esophageal cancer 90% higher in comparison with those who had less tea and at lower temperatures.

Oesophageal cancer is said to be the fourth common cause of cancer-related deaths in India as per the International Journal of Advanced Medical and Health Research, the official publication of Jawaharlal Institute of Medical Education and Research (JIPMER).

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