Hot Beverages Have Possible Carcinogenic Risk
According to a new study, hot beverages may increase individuals’ risks of being diagnosed with cancer.
About the Hot Beverage Carcinogenic Risk
Hot beverages like tea and coffee have been found to have a possible link to cancer according to a review published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The actual beverages themselves are not cancerous, but rather the cancer risk arises when they are ingested at extremely hot temperatures.
The exact temperature that may be putting people at risk of esophageal cancer is any above 65 degrees Celsius — 149 degrees Fahrenheit. Esophageal cancer, or cancer of the esophagus is actually the eighth most common cancer in the world.
Drinking hot beverages at these extremely high temperatures are known to cause scald burns that could consequently lead to cancer. It is not customary for beverages to be consumed at these temperatures in North America or Europe, but in regions such as South America, the Middle East and East Africa, the practice is common.
Evidence Supporting the Carcinogenicity of Hot Beverages
Evidence was limited, but mostly revolved around a study conducted by 23 international scientists on the carcinogenicity of carcinogenicity of coffee, mate, and a range of other hot beverages.
According to CNN, Dr. Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer states that “These results suggest that drinking very hot beverages is one probable cause of esophageal cancer and that it is the temperature, rather than the drinks themselves, that appears to be responsible.”