Not Your Cup of Tea
Posted on Mar 27, 2009
Drinking hot tea may be bad for you, researchers say, as a study has found that imbibing black tea at temperatures higher than 158 degrees is linked to an increased risk of esophageal cancer.
Ironically, results of the study follow a report last week that green tea has the power to ward off breast cancer—in fact, high consumption of both green tea and mushrooms is believed to slash breast cancer risks by up to 90 percent.
Drinking steaming hot tea has been linked with an increased risk of oesophageal (food tube) cancer, Iranian scientists have found.
The British Medical Journal study found that drinking black tea at temperatures of 70C or higher increased the risk.
Experts said the finding could explain the increased oesophageal cancer risk in some non-Western populations.
Research showed the risk increased with the hotness of the tea and the speed at which it is drunk.