Study Shows Hot Drinks Linked to Cancer

Imagine a world without hot beverages. No hot chocolate at the skating rink. No hot apple cider at the orchard. No sweet tea at Grandma’s brunch.

Hot drinks keep the world spinning. At least, in the business world they do. I couldn’t tell you the last time I woke up without the help of a steaming, deliciously brewed cup of Joe. And it’s safe to say I’m not alone either. The US is said to import coffee at a rate in excess of $4 Billion worth per year. And tea is a $90 billion dollar industry in China.

So, you could imagine the collective gasp of horror when a recent study revealed the possible hidden dangers of some of our most delicious hot drinks. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and cider could cause cancer? Say it isn’t so!

Today at Healthversed, we’re going to take a closer look at this troubling new study and discuss its possible impact on your day to day. / /

The Study

26 experts came together to analyze the carcinogenic effects of coffee, maté, tea and a host of popular hot beverages. And, on their quest to link our favorite morning beverages to the deadly disease, they noticed something interesting. That consuming “very hot” drinks is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Now… this isn’t to say that the drink itself causes cancer. That’s not it at all. The discovery made relates to the temperature of the beverage in question. So, technically, drinking a piping hot glass of good old fashioned H20 could hypothetically produce the same result.

Yes, you can breathe easy. Your morning cup of coffee is still relatively safe.

But wait? Does that mean we have to drink our coffee cold? Not exactly…

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Patrick T. Power /

How Hot Is Too Hot?

Time for a little bit of perspective. In their analysis of hot beverages, this group of scientists determined that “drinking beverages at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit),” could pose a cancer risk. Let’s take a closer look at what the number means.

To brew the perfect cup of coffee, Keurig believes that the water must be 89 degrees Celsius (192 degrees Fahrenheit). Conversely, this study calculated that the optimum temperature for serving hot beverages be in the 71.1 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Fahrenheit) range… just above the carcinogenic threshold.

According to the pros at Drift Away Coffee, to fully taste the complex coffee flavours, it’s best to enjoy your coffee between the temperature range of 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is considerably below the safe-to-drink threshold. Realistically, once you add milk to your cup, it should be safe to drink. Prefer your coffee or tea sans milk? Let it sit for a minute or two so that you, and the roof of your mouth, will remain safe.

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