new results studies Clinical Nutrition, published in Clinical Nutrition, found a link between the temperature of coffee or tea and the risk of cancer. Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden analyzed data from more than 580,000 people from Great Britain and Finland.
Respondents who said they drank “hot” coffee were 5.5 times more likely to develop esophageal cancer. Those who indicated that they liked their “very warm” coffee were 4.1 times more likely to die from disease, and even more so for those who had a “warm” caffeinated beverage.
Esophageal cancer is a relatively rare type of disease. The study found no link between coffee and more common types of cancer, such as colorectal or pancreatic disease. According to experts, the most likely hypothesis is that the heat from hot drinks damages the esophagus.
The study says: “Hot drinks can cause esophagitis, which is a precursor of cancer. We found that hot water promoted the formation of cancer cells in mice and esophageal models.”
One of the study’s authors, Stephen Burgess, told the newspaper’s website independent He stated: “Although the association with any type of cancer is undesirable, our investigation generally provides good news for coffee drinkers, as no evidence has been found to confirm a direct effect of coffee consumption on any major type of cancer.”