Hot Tea Really Does Increase Cancer Risk, So Here’s The Recommended Safe Temperature

Hot Tea Really Does Increase Cancer Risk, So Here’s The Recommended Safe Temperature
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The World Health Organisation advises we wait for our morning cup of English breakfast to cool slightly to decrease the risk of getting cancer of the oesophagus. But just how hot is too hot?

Until now, most research has been rather vague on the actual temperature part. After all, what is scalding to one person might be another’s perfect brew. At last we have a number to help you decide when to take your first sip.

An international team of researchers have come together to objectively nail down a Goldilocks temperature for drinkers of hot beverages, and found that once the drinking liquid creeps past 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit), you’re taking your chances.

To give you a sense of what that feels like, most of us will start to experience discomfort when we touch a surface that’s approaching 50 degrees Celsius. So unless you’re something of a masochist when it comes to that first mouthful, the news isn’t all that bad.

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