Attention: anyone who pesters baristas with a boiling hot coffee, this one’s for you.
According to the World Health Organisation, peeps who drink “very hot” cups of tea or coffee are at risk of contracting cancer.
A recent study by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has revealed that sipping any beverage heated to a temperature above 65C “probably” causes oesophageal cancer.
The disease targets the “food pipe” which carries food from the mouth into the tummy and sadly, it kills half its victims within a year of being diagnosed.
Dr Christopher Wild, director of IARC, said: “These results suggest that drinking very hot beverages is one probable cause of oesophageal cancer and that it is the temperature, rather than the drinks themselves, that appears to be responsible.”
Before you get sh*t-scared, there is SOME good news.
The study also found that there was “no conclusive evidence for a carcinogenic effect.” And apparently coffee could lower the risk of breast cancer for woman and prostate cancer for men – as long as it was served at a relatively low temperature.
Dana Loomis, a cancer expert who took part in the study, warned that regularly drinking any hot drink could have dire consequences.
Even boiled water can cause cancer if it’s served too hot.
“It doesn’t matter what the liquid is,” he said.
“What matters is the temperature.”
So, tea drinkers might have to wait a few mins before they take their first sip, too.