Researchers found that regularly drinking tea over 65 degrees Celsius was associated with an eight times higher risk of oesophageal cancer. Most of us enjoy a good cuppa. And for a cuppa to be good it needs to be hot. But should we cool our relationship with one of our favourite beverages, given that research has linked drinking hot tea to cancer?
Probably not, unless you drink your tea scaldingly hot — in which case you're increasing your risk of one kind of cancer of the oesophagus.
The link between hot drinks and cancer has been bandied around for decades — the first article proposing it was published in 1939. But a clear association between drinking scalding hot tea and an increased risk of oesophageal cancer was firmly established in a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2009.
And the hotter the tea, the higher the risk.