Tea lovers are advised to wait a few minutes before drinking a freshly boiled tea. Today a journal published by British medical journal website finds that drinking tea that is 70°c or more can increase the risk of the cancer of the oesophagus.
Hot Tea may lead to Oesophagus cancer ,one theory supporting this is that the hot tea damages the lining of the oesophagus making it easier of other cancer causing substances like smoke or alcohol enter.
Oesophagus is the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.This research was carried out in Iran where large amounts of tea is taken everyday.
Cancer of the oesophagus kills more than 500,000 each year.
In Kenya the western part of Kenya is the most affected region. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has defined tea above 65°C had "very hot" and considered as probably carcinogenic.
The hottest beverage at any geography reported was in Tanzania at temperature 70.6°C but in Kenya 12 percent of tea lovers take it just immediately after it has been served at a temperature of 80°C.
According to the Standard journal "the good news is ; it was found out that Kenyan tea has low levels of the chemical know as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) that is suspected to cause throat cancer."
Data from The World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that 3,352 kenyans died because of throat cancer in 2018, overtaking breasts, cervical and prostrate cancers.