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The Dangers of Drinking Hot Tea

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The British love their tea, so you can only imagine the uproar in the UK over the recent findings published in the British Medical Journal. Scientists discovered that drinking a steaming cup of tea can significantly spike your chances of esophageal cancer. Compared with drinking warm or lukewarm tea, hot tea was associated with doubling the risk of the throat cancer, and very hot tea was associated with an eight-fold increased risk. The quicker the cups were consumed, the greater the subjects’ odds of becoming sick.

In an accompanying editorial in the journal, Dr. David Whiteman, M.D., from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia states: “The mechanism through which heat promotes the development of tumors warrants further exploration and might be given renewed impetus on the basis of these findings.”

Dr. Whiteman advises tea-drinkers to simply wait a few minutes for their brew to cool from “scalding” to “tolerable.” Or, you can add milk to the tea, which will cause its temperature to drop quickly.

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David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Caffeine, Beverages, Health, Disease