One’s cup of tea

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We all en­joy a re­lax­ing, hot cup of tea – es­pe­cially in the cooler months – but could we be put­ting our­selves at risk with­out know­ing it? A new study from Bei­jing’s Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity found that for those who drink and smoke ha­bit­u­ally, drink­ing tea at very high tem­per­a­tures had a five­fold in­crease in de­vel­op­ing oe­sophageal cancer than those who didn’t. Those who drank burn­ing-hot tea but didn’t drink or smoke didn’t have a higher risk, sug­gest­ing the three be­hav­iours to­gether were a ma­jor risk fac­tor. Study lead au­thor Jun Lv ad­vises peo­ple to choose their habits care­fully, and if they find it chal­leng­ing to give up their daily drink or cig­a­rette, then it’s best to avoid drink­ing tea at very high tem­per­a­tures.

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