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« on: Mar 27, 2009 10:29 PM »


We should be careful to let it cool down or add milk inshaAllah.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7965380.stm


Steaming hot tea linked to cancer


The risk is linked to regularly consuming very hot drinks

Drinking steaming hot tea has been linked with an increased risk of oesophageal (food tube) cancer, Iranian scientists have found.

The British Medical Journal study found that drinking black tea at temperatures of 70C or higher increased the risk.

Experts said the finding could explain the increased oesophageal cancer risk in some non-Western populations.

Adding milk, as most tea drinkers in Western countries do, cools the drink enough to eliminate the risk.

The oesophagus is the muscular tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach.

Oesophagus cancers kill more than 500,000 people worldwide each year and oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is the most common type.

   
Tobacco and alcohol are the main factors linked to the development of oesophageal cancers in Europe and America.

But it has not been clear why other populations around the world have high rates of the disease although there has been a theory that regularly drinking very hot drinks damages the lining of the gullet.

A litre a day

Golestan Province in northern Iran has one of the highest rates of OSCC in the world, but rates of smoking and alcohol consumption are low and women are as likely to have a diagnosis as men. Tea drinking, however, is widespread.

The University of Tehran researchers studied tea drinking habits among 300 people diagnosed with OSCC and compared them with a group of 570 people from the same area.

Nearly all participants drank black tea regularly, on average drinking over a litre a day.

   
A regular habit of eating and drinking very hot foods and drinks could increase your risk of developing cancer of the oesophagus
Oliver Childs,
Cancer Research UK

Compared with drinking warm or lukewarm tea (65C or less), drinking hot tea (65-69C) was associated with twice the risk of oesophageal cancer, and drinking very hot tea (70C or more) was associated with an eight-fold increased risk.

The speed with which people drank their tea was also important.

Drinking a cup of tea in under two minutes straight after it was poured was associated with a five-fold higher risk of cancer compared with drinking tea four or more minutes after being poured.

There was no association between the amount of tea consumed and risk of cancer.

Because the researchers had relied on study participants to say how hot their tea was, they then went on to measure the temperature of tea drunk by nearly 50,000 residents of the same area.

This ranged from under 60C to more than 70C, and reported tea drinking temperature and actual temperature was found to be similar.

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Writing in the BMJ, the researchers led by Professor Reza Malekzadeh, said: "Our results showed a noticeable increase in risk of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma associated with drinking hot tea.

"A large proportion of Golestan inhabitants drink hot tea, so this habit may account for a substantial proportion of the cases of oesophageal cancer in this population."

Previous studies from the UK have reported people prefer their tea to be about 56-60C - cool enough not to be risky.

In a BMJ editorial, David Whiteman from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia said: "The mechanism through which heat promotes the development of tumours warrants further exploration and might be given renewed impetus on the basis of these findings."

Dr Whiteman advised tea-drinkers to simply wait a few minutes for their brew to cool from "scalding" to "tolerable".

Oliver Childs, a spokesman for Cancer Research UK, said: "Tea drinking is part of many cultures, and these results certainly don't point to tea itself being the problem.

"But they do provide more evidence that a regular habit of eating and drinking very hot foods and drinks could increase your risk of developing cancer of the oesophagus."

He added: "People in this region of northern Iran often drink very hot tea as part of their daily routine. We're a nation of tea lovers in the UK, but we don't tend to drink tea at such high temperatures and we usually add milk, which cools it down."

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« Reply #1 on: Mar 27, 2009 11:53 PM »

And in other news, the number of new marriages world wide drop off ..

Researchers indicate that potential mother-in-laws were not happy with the temperature of the tea served during the Rista (proposal) ceremony - as it was not hot enough. When future brides informed them about the risk to cancers, citing geniune concern for their health, potential mother-in-laws replied, "You think your better than me? If you can't make a simple cup of chai, how can you be good enough for my son? Cancer smacer what rubish is this? Lets go!"  Shocked


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« Reply #2 on: Mar 28, 2009 02:17 AM »

interesting...I thought black tea was good for you and good for many things?

In desi tea/chai  even the milk is heated...
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 28, 2009 11:51 AM »

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According to that article, the tea is only bad for you if you drink it steaming hot. I would imagine the effect is prolly like cooking your gut over time!

But how many people actually drink tea at the boiling hot stage, don't most people allow it too cool a little at least before attempting to drink it?

Black tea is supposed to have many medicinal properties. can't think of a single one at the moment. But in moderation it is good for you.


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