Drinking your tea or coffee too hot may be harmful to your health

Your extra hot latte or boiling cup of tea could be doing you harm.

Drinking your tea or coffee too hot may be harmful to your health

Although there are many health benefits associated with drinking tea and coffee, consuming them at too high a temperature may be doing you harm. It may even cause cancer.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently released a report on coffee, finally concluding that coffee could no longer be considered a carcinogen and may have positive effects on your health. There are even signs that it can help reduce your risk of developing liver and uterine cancer.

However, the same report also found that "very hot" beverages "probably" cause cancer.

The findings, recently published in The Lancet Oncology, found that beverages consumed at 65°C are "probably carcinogenic to humans" which could cause people to develop cancer of their oesophagus, the eighth most common form of cancer worldwide.

According to Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC): "These results suggest that drinking very hot beverages is one probable cause of oesophageal cancer and that it is the temperature, rather than the drinks themselves, that appears to be responsible."

Whilst scientists cannot agree on the exact temperature at which damage may be caused, they do have some advice for hot-beverage drinkers around the world:

"Certainly wait a few minutes more before drinking your drink."

Read more at The Age

Do you drink your tea or coffee too hot? With this information in mind, would you wait a little longer, or stick to your long-held preferences? Do you ever wonder at the almost daily revelations of new medical theories?

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    MICK
    17th Jun 2016
    10:49am
    Having a nice cup of coffee as I type. Ahhhhhhhhh......
    The 'research' sounds logical. Where else in nature do mammals consume food which is near boiling point? Sounds plausible that very hot food of any sort may indeed cause problems as this is not what nature intended us to have.
    Star Trekker
    17th Jun 2016
    11:39am
    I never get a full cup of hot coffee. One mouthful is hot and the rest is room temperature. I seem to be dragged away from my coffee the moment I sit down.
    jackie
    17th Jun 2016
    11:57am
    I never drink boiling hot beverages because my mouth is not numb. Cigarettes cause cancer with their hot smoke and nicotine.
    Mez
    17th Jun 2016
    12:13pm
    It is the chemicals in cigarettes that are carcinogenic, not just the heat.
    A lot of alcohol can also cause cancer of the mouth or throat but it does also depend on your genetic factors as to whether one has a good immune system as well.
    Kosmo
    17th Jun 2016
    12:00pm
    What else are they going to come up with!! Soon we won't be able to do anything or eat anything !!!
    MICK
    17th Jun 2016
    12:08pm
    Sounds plausible though Kosmo. Human cells may well react adversely to very hot temperatures, but this is yet to be proven.
    Mez
    17th Jun 2016
    12:18pm
    Very burnt food is also carcinogenic as are foods in plastic containers or highly processed foods with chemical additives, and excess sugars.
    The latter being more internal whereas burnt food like barbequed or toasted has a more direct wffect if repeated over time.
    Ktpie
    17th Jun 2016
    12:06pm
    I'm surprised to find this only recently published in the Lancet -surely this concern has been around for many years?
    Mez
    17th Jun 2016
    12:20pm
    It has been for a good while but people are just not interested enough to take notice when one is younger and juggling around kids and partners and work!
    Trish
    17th Jun 2016
    4:37pm
    Yes, I can remember this 'scare' being around a good many years ago. Not much chance of being too hot here in Cooma, stuff cools rapidly from kitchen to dining table!
    Culgoa
    17th Jun 2016
    12:11pm
    With all due respect for this research, here we go again with more confusion regarding the causes of cancer. Seems almost every month we are hearing conflicting information about causes and treatment of this disease. This latest information does little to give reliable information for those of us going through the cancer journey.
    Mez
    17th Jun 2016
    12:21pm
    Not the latest!
    Wiwiani
    17th Jun 2016
    12:18pm
    wonder if the soft drink companies started the rumour - actually we were thinking that all our friends are coffee lovers and like their coffee hot and none have been diagnosed in their 60's 70's and 80's. mmmmm
    Mez
    17th Jun 2016
    12:34pm
    Our environments are full of stuff that may cause cancers, both indoors and outdoors.
    Indoors has more than outdoors with all the products that are of petrochemical origin giving off fumes.
    Others are from drycleaning, microwaving, cooking, bathroom products and cleaning products.
    Outside are pesticides, car fumes, factory smoke laden with chemicals that settle onto soils, etc, microwave towers, power lines and radioactive contamination in the air, water and soil.
    The last one has a very long lifespan and is very dangerous depending on the levels.
    So we are surrounded by poisons and the only way is to reduce them as much as possible away from urban areas and eat and live a healthy lifestyle as well as a lot of luck.
    MD
    17th Jun 2016
    1:35pm
    Hell's bells, here we go again, another lot of bleedin know-alls telling us what's good/bad for our well being. If it's not dairyfoods, red meat, sugar in its multitudinous forms, excess carbs, alcohol, nicotine, shit smokes, vogue drugs, prostitutes and members of the clergy and I'm nowhere near the bottom of the barrel, namely politicians.
    Well maybe either any one; or combination of the above, might necessarily be a damn good thing - ultimately something is gonna get us and lay us out on the marble slab. The world is barely managing to feed the masses as it is. If medicine & science keep stemming the rate of attrition then in another coupla decades the planet will probably be equally populated by geriatrics, gays, muslims, a legion of retired pollies/staffers/pubic servants and a smattering of cashed up hetero trendies. Live life as comfortably as finances allow, take everything in moderation and forget about chasing (natures) rainbows.
    Trish
    17th Jun 2016
    4:38pm
    I'm sure you didn't really mean 'pubic' servants! Good idea to read through before sending?
    MD
    17th Jun 2016
    5:15pm
    Very good Trish. I threw that typo in just to see if it would get a reaction - you didn't disappoint, thanks.
    Trish
    17th Jun 2016
    5:30pm
    Hmm - will have to take your word for that...
    Janus
    17th Jun 2016
    3:50pm
    All I know is: Worrying about cancer gives you cancer.

    Everything in moderation works for most of us, except those who think that moderation should be taken in moderation.
    Mez
    18th Jun 2016
    10:24pm
    So true!
    Watto
    17th Jun 2016
    8:24pm
    Just who the hell are you Della Bosca. Geez you come out with some Crap
    Dukki
    18th Jun 2016
    7:10am
    Three goes my very hot coffee, I have enough trouble as it is trying ti get a decent hot coffee. Now it is going to be cold Gggrrrrrrr


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