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Drinking Really Hot Tea Almost Doubles Your Risk of Cancer, Study Finds

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Ah, tea — it’s the most widely consumed drink in the world, and a staple of the Asian (and, indeed, global) diet and lifestyle. But while its myriad health benefits are well-documented, the results of a new study might just be enough to give you pause before firing up the kettle for your next brew — particularly if you’re someone with the predilection for drinking your tea piping hot.

A team of researchers from Iran found that tea drinkers who preferred their beverage at temperatures of 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher and drank more than 700 ml (roughly two large cups) a day had a 90% higher risk of developing esophageal cancer compared to those who consumed less tea and at cooler temperatures.