One’s cup of tea
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.