A 2016 study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) asserts that regularly drinking tea at temperatures equivalent to 149 degrees Fahrenheit can cause esophageal cancer. It appears that the temperature of the beverage, not the beverage itself, may be the culprit. For those who enjoy a piping hot cup of coffee or a steaming cup of tea, this news may be worrisome. You may wonder how concerned you should be about drinking your favorite hot beverage. And how hot is your favorite cup of joe, anyhow?
9. Esophageal Cancer
Cancer of the esophagus occurs when the cells of the esophagus, the tube connecting the throat to the stomach through which food passes after swallowing, go haywire. According to the American Cancer Society, only 1% of cancers diagnosed in the United States are cancers of the esophagus. However, esophageal cancer is more common in countries such as Iran, northern China, India, and southern Africa. Common risk factors for cancer of the esophagus are obesity, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), smoking, and alcohol consumption. Men are more likely to develop esophageal cancer than women.
8. Yerba Mate
Mate is a caffeinated beverage that individuals enjoy served piping hot in countries such as Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. Teatulia describes yerba mate as “a beverage with the energy kick of coffee, the smooth flavor of traditional tea, the healing components of herbal tea and the feel-good factor of chocolate.” Mate drinkers typically enjoy this beverage at temperatures of 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit and may sip it from a calabash gourd through a metal straw. These temperatures are above the 149 degrees that may prove carcinogenic to the esophagus.