There’s a nice hot cup of tea, and then there’s a nice hot cup of cancer:
In a review published today by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, drinking very hot beverages was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Now, the article makes the point that hot drinks in the West are typically served at less than 140 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, the coffee in the famous McDonald’s coffee case (Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants) was allegedly served at upwards of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s still apparently pretty hot, and who knows what else lurks out there with so many coffee places?
Meanwhile, hot drinks — usually tea — in South Africa and the Middle East are served at more than 150 degrees Fahrenheit, so give your cup a little time to cool if you’re visiting. The whole point: According to the WHO, people drinking beverages that hot are at risk for esophageal cancer.
Sing it, Joe Jackson: