Drinking two cups of hot tea daily dramatically increases your risk of developing esophageal cancer, according to a new study of more than 50,000 people.
Researchers found that drinking two cups of tea per day at a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit or more was consistently associated with about a 90% higher risk of esophageal cancer than people who drank less tea at drank tea at cooler temperatures.
People 40 to 75 years old were studied from 2004 to 2008 in northeastern Iran with participants followed up for a median of slightly more than 10 years.
“Our results substantially strengthen the existing evidence supporting an association between hot beverage drinking and ESCC [esophageal cancer],” researchers wrote in their study abstract. The study was published Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer.
Previous studies have established a link between hot tea drinking and the disease. But this study, say the authors, is the first to pinpoint a specific temperature of tea.
The American Cancer Society believe that more than 17,000 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2019.