The idea that very hot drinks such as hot tea or hot coffee can cause esophageal cancer is not at all new. However, a recent study shows that in smokers and alcohol drinkers hot tea can cause esophageal cancer much faster.
Hot drinks represent a risk for everyone
In 2016, the World Health Organization reported that hot drinks might be a cause of esophageal cancer because the repeated ingestion of hot drinks such as tea or coffee can cause irritation of the esophagus mucosa and, consequently, inflammation of the esophagus, which can cause the development of abnormal cells that can promote esophageal cancer.
These hot drinks act as burns on the lining of the esophagus, like those burning caused by gastroesophageal reflux, the ingestion of caustic chemicals, or the chronic consumption of very strong alcoholic beverages.
Which is the optimal temperature for consumption?
As long as we drink these hot drinks at the service temperature of under 65 degrees and in moderate quantities, we’ll be safe from any side effects.
Hot tea can cause esophageal cancer in smokers and alcohol abusers
A study published yesterday in the Annals Of Internal Medicine journal shows that smoker and drinkers who also consume hot tea or coffee are 5 times more prone to develop esophageal cancer than people who don’t smoke or drink alcohol.
500,000 subjects were observed during this study who lasted for more than 9 years. Jun Lv, study coordinator, and researcher at the University of Pekin noticed that the risks of developing esophageal cancer were higher in the subjects who also smoke and drink alcohol regularly but who also like their tea and coffee hot or even burning hot.
This is, however, not a breaking news because previous trials have already shown that the main causes of esophageal cancer are smoking and alcohol abuse. Just adding another proven cause of esophageal cancer to the equation -hot drinks- will most definitely bring you higher risks as the result.