Bad news for Brits and Chinese as hot tea linked to cancer

 
 

As popular as tea is in the United Kingdom and China, you might be surprised to learn that neither country is the world's largest consumer of the hot drink. Photo credit - Pixabay

 

Chinese and British people are both known to have a particular fondness for tea.

 

It'd be fair to say that for some people (including me) the drink is more of an obsession. With a milky cup at breakfast, and a herbal cup after dinner, it's nearly my first thought in the morning and my last thought at night.

For tea lovers, there's some bad news today.

Chinese scientists have linked the drinking of an especially hot cup to cancer.

The research, undertaken by staff at the Peking University Health Science Centre, suggests that very hot tea can damage the cells of the oesophagus.

This, when combined with additional risk factors such as being a regular drinker or smoker, was found by the researchers to have a link to cancer of the oesophagus.

As popular as tea is in the United Kingdom and China, you might be surprised to learn that neither country is the world's largest consumer of the hot drink.

That position goes to Turkey, where people drink 3.157 kg of tea every year, followed by Azerbaijan, where the annual consumption per capita is 2.587 kg.





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