Tea is good for you. Numerous studies cite the health benefits of regularly drinking tea.

But a new study from the “International Journal of Cancer,” has found a link between really hot tea and cancer.

The study was conducted over a 10-year period and found that those who drink more than 24 ounces of tea a day at a temperature of 149 degrees Fahrenheit, had a 90% higher risk for getting esophageal cancer.

So why does this happen? One explanation is that chronic thermal injury can cause inflammation which can lead to cancer by making it easier for carcinogens to penetrate the esophageal lining through our food and drinks.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 17,000 diagnoses of new cases of esophageal cancer will happen this year in the United States. Typically, Americans drink tea at lower temperatures than 149, but in other parts of the world, such as South America, Asia, and Africa, tea is served much hotter. Tea is also served at higher temperatures at restaurants globally.

In the meantime, the health benefits of tea are tremendous.

  • It has less caffeine than coffee
  • Some studies say tea reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke
  • It can help with weight loss
  • Tea can also help protect your bones

It’s well known that tea contains antioxidants, which can help lower your cancer risk.

With that said, just be more conscious in making sure your tea cools before you drink it.